Lisa Keane is a London and Suffolk-based painter and installation artist. Originally a documentary film-maker, her focus is on how reality is less solid and more dynamic than our everyday experience suggests. She has participated in several group shows in London, Suffolk and India and had work selected by KPMG for an exhibition at their Canada Wharf offices.
Why this focus?
This focus comes from the small epiphanies we have in which we are suddenly awake to the vividness of things – briefly experiencing the quantum reality that is taking place where material and boundaries are not fixed and the spaces in between are as significant as the solid matter.
How expressed in practice?
Her intention is to evoke a sense of matter in the process of taking on form - a state somewhere between the abstract and solidity . She does this by inverting 2D and 3D so that traditionally-2D elements like line are brought into 3D whilst 3D matter is flattened. Her work could be said to be an exploration of 2 and a half D.
To evoke un-fixedness, she uses a mixture of light and insignificant everyday materials including cotton, paper, transparent plastic, and found un-nameable flotsam. She also includes a variety of ‘frames’ to suggest a more permeable, dynamic relationship with the world than is received through the window of our eyes. Different artistic disciplines are mixed together and treated without hierarchy.
While there are discrete expressions of the theme, there are no actual finite ‘objects’. Calling on her film-maker background, she creates a montage which the viewer is invited to travel through.
Her work is deliberately 'low-tech' and sketchy to create a feeling of being in a 3D sketchbook where ideas are freshly coming into being.