Silk Sculptures by Lisa Kellner

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I first featured Lisa Kellner’s art work last year when I saw her amazing quilting pin installations.  Lisa recently informed me that she is currently showing “Suspended Presence” at the Urban Art Institute in Grand Rapids Michigan.

So I checked out her website again and found some wonderful sculptures that I had to feature.  I included some that were not in the show as they were too nice to pass up. Lisa’s work will be up the rest of this week (through the 22nd) if are are close by.

Surfacing Beneath - Site specific installation that rethinks the microscopic. Installed at the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Surfacing Beneath – Site specific installation that rethinks the microscopic. Installed at the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Suspended Presence - Urban Institute of Contemporary Art; Grand Rapids, MI
Dust Bowl Wine Press (installation view) - Silk organza, thread, pigment, monofilament. Installed at the UICA, Dec 2009

Dust Bowl Wine Press (installation view) – Silk organza, thread, pigment, monofilament. Installed at the UICA, Dec 2009

Space Cadet Narcissist - Silk organza, embroidered text, thread, pigment, bleach, monofilament. Installed at the UICA, Dec 2009.  120"H x 144"W

Space Cadet Narcissist – Silk organza, embroidered text, thread, pigment, bleach, monofilament. Installed at the UICA, Dec 2009. 120″H x 144″W

The silk works explore the nature of disease and cellular systems in relation to patterns of human behavior.  My objective is to make a sculptural painting that transcends the boundary of the canvas.  These works are not dyed.  Rather, they go through a lengthy process that includes the application of pigment, ink, acrylic, bleach and sometimes compost until the intended painterly effect is achieved.  In my work, silk performs similar to a layer of epidermis. It is translucent, yet deceptively strong, maintaining the shape of organ like forms and cell structures.  Because the original objects are removed, a sculptured contour drawing takes shape in three dimensional space.  The result is a bodily landscape that considers the role of the human body in the discourse of the cultural object.

Almost Perfect - silk, pigment, thread, surgical pins 42” x 31” x 6”

Almost Perfect – silk, pigment, thread, surgical pins 42” x 31” x 6”

Slab - silk, pigment, thread, monofilament 58” x 36” x 43”

Slab – silk, pigment, thread, monofilament 58” x 36” x 43”

Gais Revenge - Gaia, the Greek goddess of Earth, is also the name of a controversial hypothesis in which the earth is viewed as a complex organism of interconnecting ecosystems that are feeling the effects of human dominance.   70"H x 82"W

Gais Revenge – Gaia, the Greek goddess of Earth, is also the name of a controversial hypothesis in which the earth is viewed as a complex organism of interconnecting ecosystems that are feeling the effects of human dominance. 70″H x 82″W

Im plant (detail) -  Merging organic and constructed systems, this floor piece looks at the similarities of jelly fish to blood platelets and breast implants while confronting issues of relevance and necessity.

Im plant (detail) – Merging organic and constructed systems, this floor piece looks at the similarities of jelly fish to blood platelets and breast implants while confronting issues of relevance and necessity.

artist & website: Lisa Kellner – lisakellner.com

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