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Artist Statement

As a passenger traveling at 75 miles an hour in a car, I draw snippets of the landscape as I pass through it. I record the way the road lines and the shapes of objects in the scene appear to change and shift as they move toward me from out of the distance. I have amassed hundreds of these innately abstract line drawings and they are my primary source material.

Each painting is a layered amalgamation of individual marks replicated from any number of these drawings. The paintings begin with randomly selected marks but progress to being intentionally configured over time. I find myself selecting marks that are suggestive but not readily identifiable as any certain thing. I am compelled toward juxtaposing them into a peculiar or uncertain pictorial space, in fact, the more peculiar, the better.

Thoughts arising while intently observing the landscape while in motion, naturally led me to explore the physiology and psychology of visual perception - how we see and how we interpret what we see. This phenomenon - obviously the basis of understanding the world and likewise of viewing works of art - informs my in-process decisions as well. My process of configuring drawn snippets of the landscape into cohesive paintings runs parallel to the way our minds configure snippets of visually collected information into our unique versions of reality.

Bio

Lisa Bergant Koi earned her MA in painting from Illinois State University and her BFA from Bowling Green State University. She has exhibited nationally, and her work is held in private collections as well as the corporate collections of both PNC Bank and The Benter Foundation. She is an exhibiting member of the following professional organizations: Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Group A Collective, and Pittsburgh Society of Artists.