Lisa M. Zilker is a New York artist. Born in Queens raised in New York she attended the School of Visual Arts where she received her BFA in Fine Arts and Art Education with a minor in Psychology. She has many solo and group shows including a solo show at the NAC.
Her works are based on abstracted human and botanical forms. The work emphasizes abstract, beauty, nature and metaphysical contemplation. The jagged split represents noise; all types of noise. This noise is based on interactions beyond our control i.e. planetary, mental, emotional, physical, metaphysical and the political.
Her interest in the interaction and relationships between the blue and red series color and form depicts our country's political climate; i.e. the imbalance, chaos, divide and breakdown, heated discourse and the threat of Civil War. These paintings are the latest progression of a common theme in of her work, the “conversation” paintings deal with the interactions of color, their dynamic characteristics and their interplay. In this diverse political climate of major conflict that exists in our country in the political arena caused by (Trump and) the state agendas between the Democrats and Republicans (i.e. blue and red) the paintings reflect this conflict with sharp interactions the jagged split expresses the divisions conveyed in our country and world politically. It's this interaction that continues to interests her. As this series developed artistically, basic elements of organic form and the symbolic use of the colors red and blue, and black and white make the works relevant to all that is going on i.e. blood, royalty, purity, darkness/evil.
The practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue or condition, including minimizing, obscuring or distorting it, is central to her artistic practice.
The Monuments began as Tombstones and have evolved into portals. These portals are sometimes represented as surreal landscapes that have been abstracted either looking into or thru an opening, glimpsing a hidden place, space where there are objects having organic figurative qualities and simplified botanical shapes. They are otherworldly or Universal destinations, other times they are in plain sight in our reality. They are grouped in three’s or more symbolizing unity, trinity, family, community; as she feels they never stand alone. The Monuments are the Birth/Death cycle simplified as a footprint or handprint. The Entities are represented by the portals though not always visible.
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