LISA D. FISCHETTI: is there Still life?
SOHO20 presents a new exhibition of reductive paintings by member artist Lisa Fischetti.
Although her process of removing and altering the gridded surface continues the works from her 2016 exhibition, here Fischetti also adds layers of plant material: stems, pods, and portions of leaves exist alongside spacial absences.
Fischetti explains these dual gestures of reduction and layering as a consideration of our present ecological uncertainty, heightened by political events of the last two years. Likewise the addition of plant material is a reference to both the longstanding practice of pressing petals, and still life portraiture. Each reference is an effort to retain nature in its present form. “In a way it’s an attempt to locate hope in a situation that feels desperate; at the same time that life is passing, there’s also still growth,” she notes.
Whereas in her 2016 work at SOHO20 the grid created wholeness, Fischetti feels that with these 2018 works “the fragmentation and deconstructing break the composition. There is no whole.”
Image: Still life with a pod, 2018
Lisa Fischetti received her BA in Art History from Vassar College in 1978 and her MArch from the University of Virginia in 1982. She studied painting while at Vassar and at UVA, including a semester in Venice. She has been practicing architecture, designing furniture and painting for the last thirty-five years and has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture at NJIT in Newark, NJ. Her work is included in private collections throughout the United States and China. Lisa currently lives in Hopewell Township, NJ where she has her design and paint studio. Lisa has been a member of SOHO20 since 2012.