Couched in that flippant response is a firm conviction that the visual arts are exactly that—visual. No meanings. No messages. No preachments. No symbols. Politics, philosophy, the human condition, the environment and other causes about which people paint, perform and sculpt these days are subjects for discourse—best expressed with words. Attempts to transform them into pictorial images tend to become mere illustration—most often jejune.
My goal is to surprise and engage the mind by seducing the eye. Toward that end I rely on pattern. The term “decorative” has been applied to my work—most often in a negative sense. But, that’s okay with me, for some of the most important art is essentially decorative. Islamic rugs, Greek column capitals, Navajo textiles, Byzantine mosaics, Baroque architectural embellishments … and so forth.
understand a row of triangles, a strip of squares, an
arrangement of circles and swirls. No need to ask
their meaning. They simply are what they are. They
speak to us universally and without apology.
“My goal is to surprise and engage the mind by seducing the eye,” says Quisgard. “Toward that end I rely on pattern. We all understand a row of triangles, a strip of squares, an arrangement of circles and swirls. No need to ask their meaning. They simply are what they are. They speak to us universally and without apology.”
Her wall hangings are composed of energetic patterns of yarn stitched into a stiff buckram backing, worked in Quisgard’s signature, ebullient color choices. Her paintings are acrylic or oil on canvas, some incorporating found objects. Many of the wall squares resemble abstract mosaics, symmetrical in design, while other pieces are free-form and eccentric.
An award-winning, nationally renowned artist, Liz Whitney Quisgard lives and works in New York City. Among her numerous grants and awards, she received the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001, and has been chosen for residencies at the Millay Colony and the Yaddo Colony, among others. In 2014-2015 Quisgard exhibited at The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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