May 16th, 2014 - July 12th, 2014
Lissa Bockrath draws her subjects from nature, but her inspiration is drawn from the process of painting itselfthe inherent elements of the medium, as it reacts and interacts on the surface of the canvas. Her subjects are powerful and evocative, like the smoking ruin of a forest fire or the incandescent glow of molten lava, but its her gestural abstraction that makes the pieces so compelling.
Bockraths lushly painted surfaces have an expressionist spontaneity. In a sense, the brushwork takes precedence over the subject. The landscape may be the impetus for the painting, but the initial concept serves primarily as a vehicle. The intuitive process that evolves on the canvas creates an interplay between the gestural freedom of the abstraction and the resulting imagery of her landscapes.
In Bockraths painting, Parting of the Red Sea, the viewer becomes engaged in the depths of the landscapethe opposing shores and flowing water, the hint of a horizon, and the sky beyondwhile constantly being led back to the surface to admire the gestural beauty of its creation.
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