In my studio, I usually think in terms of mini-narratives and metaphors. The formal elements come later, after I begin to work on an image.Leaving specific information out helps make the images more open to the viewer. The finished image may not have the same associations or meanings for viewers, but it might.
Recently I've been venturing into Textille Art, using print processes on cotton rather than paper. This has been really fun, I'm interested to see how far I can go with it--
Lisette Chavez was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, located on the southernmost tip of Texas near the Mexican border. It was there that she discovered a love of drawing at an early age. This development became the foundation of an enduring interest in lithography.
In her work, she often seeks to find beauty in those things which we fear and make art about what we cannot explain. Her fondest childhood memories are attending the numerous funerals of her large extended family. This experience created a preoccupation with death and has inspired her to explore the ceremonial behaviors associated with honoring the body of the deceased. Her most recent work questions faith and confronts the discomfort in balancing religious beliefs and actions in every day life.Chavezâ€™s artwork has been exhibited in various locations throughout the United States, and internationally in Australia, Germany, Nicaragua, Argentina, Estonia and Mexico. Her work is held in numerous museum, university and private collections including the Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Monash University, Gippsland, Australia; Proyecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York and the University of Colorado-Boulder. Chavez has lectured about her own work at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, Texas; New Mexico Highlands University -Las Vegas as well as Women and Their Work Art Space in Austin, Texas.
She holds an MA degree in studio art from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi and recently earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She works and resides in Austin,Texas.
Nature provides an ever-changing and fascinating subject for my artwork. The myriad colors displayed by nature and its creatures inspire me to create art in the attempt to evoke in the viewer the same emotional response it creates in me; feelings from peace and a sense of wonder to excitement, even exhilaration, based on the coloration of foliage and flowers. My garden is a large part of my world and it is filled with color, shapes, and textures which changes from season to season; I have only to step outside my house to discover an idea for my next print. The wonder that comes from planting a seed and tending it from sprout to blossom is almost indescribable. It is a journey, much like creating art, as it is full of possibilities and an uncertain outcome. What adversities must be overcome; will it thrive and meet its full potential? It is with the intent of sharing this excitement and joy that I create my artwork.
I strive for Magritte's basic intention, to make art with a "disturbing poetic effect."ť My work presents exotic subjects in the drama of black and white, or the subtle monochromatic tones of printers' inks. The prints are based on my photos of real places and slightly mysterious objects that are embraced by a post-apocalyptic anxiety, which induces a state of psychological unease in the viewer. The images raise questions, but knowing the back story doesn't necessarily provide comfort. The result is by turns intimate, earthy, fragile, universal, and contemporary. The images are full of the organic subtlety showing the naked beauty of weathered rock and plants, contrasted with man-made architectural elements. The organic elements complement the man-made. In purely aesthetic terms, the works use an interplay of tones and textures, with formal qualities of composition in the arrangements of objects under the viewer's gaze. The unfamiliar induces a state of ambiguity mixed with a strange longing or nostalgia. The camera captures temporal events, figurative and narrative, fragments in the cycle of life and death. History is revealed in multiple layers with an underlying order and inherent drama exposed in contrast and detail, painterly and sculptural at the same time.
I was living in New Mexico when a fortuitous requirement of printmaking coursework for my graduate program in art therapy led me to expression in another medium. Since that time I have been exploring printmaking and creating soft ethereal-like inspirational images. The circle or circular movement can often be seen in my artwork. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning--a continuous symbol that has no beginning and no end. Throughout my life I have created circles, benefiting from the sense of comfort, peace, and total integration.
How I feel when I am making art is perfectly described in what Don Miguel Ruiz says: "When you are in your creation and you are doing what you love to do, you become what you really are again. You are not thinking in that moment; you are expressing.” I love being in that space where I am not really thinking, I am expressing what I am feeling inside. One could say that I make art to please the eye and touch the soul.
My art is a gift from my Father. I am blessed beyond measure. It is indeed a part of who I am.
Experimentation with various mediums and the manipulation of those mediums is a driving force which provides interesting puzzles in need of solving. When I am in that place...experimenting and trying to solve that puzzle...I am joy filled.
I also like to work in series. It is freedom giving. Some series never make it past the first in the series, but had their beginning with a series in mind. Series tend to allow for building. A new concept is not needed each time I approach a blank paper or canvas. There is already something their awaiting to be built upon.
Memory, location and nature, the inspirations
Texture and pattern, the fascination
Printmaking, the adventure.
I currently create nature-related abstract prints. The line work images represent a small part of a natural being, such as an insect. As I work to create these images, I abstract them as I am sketching before I begin cutting my plates.
I also have created a series of prints based on imagery in an old book about geography: Map, Mail Stops, Contour, and Flight Path
And, I occasionally create a representational print such as Medium Brew, for the 2016 WPA Trade.
7/31/2014 - 9/13/2014
WPA Studio @ Canopy
Chair: Jill Alo
Co-Chair: cara DeDominicis
The deadline for this event (8/31/2014) has passed.