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Lisa Gronseth
updated: 03/03/2013
website: www.lisagronseth.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Corner (Dubai)
Corner (Dubai), detail
Reflection (Dubai)
Reflection, detail
Reflection, detail 2
Spiral (Dubai)
Spiral, detail
Rebar
Rebar II
Template
Postcard
Template, detail
Postcard, detail
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  social criticism, architecture, collage, geometric, landscape, process, political, conceptual, obsessive, abstract
 
 
Corner (Dubai) by Lisa Gronseth
Corner (Dubai)
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2011
45" x  45" 
Corner (Dubai), detail by Lisa Gronseth
Corner (Dubai), detail
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2011
45" x  45" 
Reflection (Dubai) by Lisa Gronseth
Reflection (Dubai)
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2011
53" x  110" 
Reflection, detail by Lisa Gronseth
Reflection, detail
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2011
53" x  110" 
Reflection, detail 2 by Lisa Gronseth
Reflection, detail 2
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2011
53" x  110" 
Spiral (Dubai) by Lisa Gronseth
Spiral (Dubai)
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2010
84" x  42" 
Spiral, detail by Lisa Gronseth
Spiral, detail
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2010
84" x  42" 
Rebar by Lisa Gronseth
Rebar
Graphite on layered mylar
2012
76" x  36" 
Rebar II by Lisa Gronseth
Rebar II
Graphite on layered mylar
2012
22" x  36" 
Template by Lisa Gronseth
Template
Graphite, pen and pastel on layered tracing paper.
2005
72" x  120" 
Postcard by Lisa Gronseth
Postcard
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2006
72" x  120" 
Template, detail by Lisa Gronseth
Template, detail
Graphite, pen and pastel on layered tracing paper.
2005
76" x  120" 
Postcard, detail by Lisa Gronseth
Postcard, detail
Collage: acrylic on paper, cut and reassembled
2006
76" x  120" 

Artist Statement

 

In the Dubai series I examine how living in and among the glass towers as a woman and a worker in the Gulf region sets the unpriviledged in the role of observer rather than participant.  I lived and taught art in Dubai for two years.  Being a woman in an Arab country forced me to spend a lot of time inside my beautiful high-rise apartment. The images for many of these paintings and drawings are from my days of staring out the window at the reflection in the building across from mine. I was fascinated by how the outside world, the road, the building I was in, the parking lot with the buildings around it, entered and exited the reflection seamlessly.  It was difficult to tell what was illusion and what was real. In a sense, my view of the world was like Plato’s cave. I was only able to see shadows and reflections of reality. I thought about the other women who spent all day in the building and how this view was their reality as well.  In Corner, I focus on the window washers dwarfed by the skyscrapers as they work.  They were the little guys in the big world of global commerce, sending money to their families in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.  I watched from my window, a white collar imported worker, saving money to buy my house in the United States. 

My layering and collage processes reflect my subject matter. I paint paper and mylar and cut and reassemble the pieces to create collaged paintings. My buildings and landscapes are literally constructed in my collages. Part of my process involves making templates which are both full scale drawings and smaller templates of the various parts.  I layer these together to make collaged drawings. Using these materials and methods is my answer to the modernist call to make process and material clear to the viewer.

 


 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Lisa Gronseth

www.lisagronseth.net

 

Education:

Yale University MFA in Painting, 1999

Cornish College of the Arts, 1995-6

Reed College, BA, Philosophy, 1996

 

Exhibitions and Awards:

July 2012, Paintings and drawings from the Dubai series, Chambers Gallery, Portland, OR

January 2012, Under the Influence, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

October 2011, Minimal to Manic, The Match Gallery, Portland, OR

September 2011, 9th Around Oregon, juror: Jeffrey Butters, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

August 2011, Summer Show, The Match Gallery, Portland, OR

March 2011, 24th National McNeese Works on Paper, juror: Dan Cameron, Lake Charles, LA

January 2011, New Faces Pdx, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

2010, Small Works Show, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

2010, Northwest Modern – The Spirit of Place, juror: Alicia Johnson, Portland, OR

2001, Faculty Show, American University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2000, Faculty Show, American University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1999, Liquitex Grant

1999, MFA Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

1998, Returning Student Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

1998, Teaching Assistant Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

1998, Norfolk Art Exhibition, Norfolk, CT

1997, Incoming Student Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

1996, Instructor’s Choice, juried show, 2nd prize, Seattle, WA

 

Teaching:

Portland State University, 2001-2, 2007-present. 

American University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1999-2001

Yale University School of Art, teaching assistantships, 1998-9

 

Lectures:

Art and Identity in a Globalizing World, Portland State University, 2009 – 2010

The Argument in Art, Waseda University Transnational Program and  Portland State University, 2006

Two Modernisms, Waseda University Transnational Program and  Portland State University, 2005

 

Travel:

I have lived in England, Taiwan, Spain and the United Arab Emirates and have traveled extensively in China, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Northern Africa.