Artist Statement

My work has always been informed by my consciousness of

being in the world. The world that I am in has a

relationship to situations and activities that can be shared

by everyone. My work exhibits all the hallmarks of an inquisitive

and critical mind...mine.

 

This painterly critical pose results in a wide panorama of

personal and social ironies. A woman walking alone may

be all one sees, but the background shows a quite different story;

and my work in the dimensional figurative scheme has taken a

few different scales. I work from large canvases to matchbook

size miniatures and smaller.

 

The content of my work has been informed by years of travelling 

across Canada and the United States, and most recently, 

outside North America. I do tend to see human relationships as

situations that require a second guess. That artistic vision is

the basis for many series of paintings. 

 

I work in series a lot, and that is because I tend to think in terms of

story and narrative images. Sometimes a series is like a storyboard

for a film. It situates the viewers mind in such a way that the construction

of a story just seems very real - like, hey! this happened to me!

So there is a strong empathy between the subject of my paintings

and the response from the viewer.

 

Most of my subject matter is informed by life experiences. I painted,

probably all my life and have painted hundreds of works. I paint

because I wish to give an expression to the many experiences that

have formed the person that I am growing up and living in Ontario

and being a student of the world around me.

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all images copyright Lisa Graziotto. 2019