Lisa Creed

About the Artist

In Lisa Creed’s words:

Lisa Creed explores a wide range of styles and textures in her work, which is rooted in abstraction. During this pandemic, she has become fascinated with the lines that connect us to people and places — or disconnect us. On her daily walks she photographs the telephone lines that crisscross the sky and allow us to speak to each other. Once she would have tried to avoid these interruptions of nature but now Creed craves them, symbols of an end to isolation. These lines appear in Creed’s work with bold intention, creating maps that lead to those she knows and loves as well as to the places she has missed during this shutdown of our world. Lisa is also mapping her inner being as she continues to push the boundaries of paint, pencil, and fragments of paper on a surface, trying to make sense of who she is in these uncertain times.

An artist, designer, and educator with a history of working in all three areas for decades, Lisa Creed grew up on tales of Beowulf, Greek and Norse mythology and great literature. Her family often went to museums so art was front and center. As a child she attended a Saturday art program for six years run by WPA artist Gino Conti, in Providence, Rhode Island. Gino’s world was truly magical and moved Lisa to explore a range of approaches to making art. She studied sculpture, printmaking ,and creative writing in college and then after graduating studied poetry with Joel Oppenheimer, a Black Mountain poet. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in visual design from the School of Design at NC State.

A recent trip back to Sweden, where Lisa lived as a child, and to Iceland, informs her current work. Both the pandemic and the recent political situation drove her to her studio as a place of solace and personal study. A large suite of works continue to emerge from this focus. Lisa’s work spans abstraction, landscape, realism, and assemblage.

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