Lisa Sheets Art
Works on Paper

 

Stretch
Collage & Acrylic
19"x12"

Dear Sister
Collage, Collagraph & Acrylic
22" x 29"

Feeling My Way To Safety
Collage, Backward Journal Writing,
Xerox Transfer, Acrylic
22"x15"

She Unfolding
Collage, Collagraph, & Acrylic
19" x 32"

Her Secret (SOLD)
Collage
22" x 17"

Abandon
Collage
32" x 15"

Trust Ė Fear Ė Loss
Collage, Linoleum Print,
Colored Pencil, Acrylic
22"x37"

She Diving (SOLD)
Collage & Acrylic
22" x 30"

Inside the Lines (SOLD)
Collage, Collagraph & Acrylic
17"x10"

Better Fitting
Collage, Collagraph, & Acrylic
14" x 18"

The Fissure
Collage, Collagraph & Acrylic
30" x 22"

Her Diptych
Collage
20" x 26"

Her Secret
Collage & Acrylic
20" x 26"

Her History
Collage, Collagraph, & Acrylic
29" x 21"

Between the Lines
Collage, Collagraph, & Acrylic
32" x 25"

Desire
Collage, Xerox Transfer, Collagraph & Acrylic
14" x 23"

Diptych
Collage, Collagraph & Acrylic
14" x 21"

Who is She II
Collage, Collagraph, Colored Pencil & Acrylic
25" x 31"


Lisa Sheets Artist Statement

These collages are my subconsciousí ongoing communication about relationships, culture, and my own life. They are autobiographical; some reflecting images of me in different roles and interacting with different historical backdrops. I enjoy the combination of religious art historical iconography, and pop culture images, to stress the sacred in our modern day life. These collages are more akin to dreams in the use of space and symbols.

After many years working primarily as a sculptor, I started making collagraph prints in about 1994. Using collage started out as simply a way to add an interesting image to my collagraph print. Over time, my collagraph prints became more and more mixed media, until they were combinations of printmaking, Xerox transfer, painting, and collage. Lately, my work is almost 100% collage. Iíve gradually been collecting hundreds of images for use in my collages, and Iím always on the look out for more. I find them in old magazines, books, and advertising flyers.

For me, creating these images is a form of dialoguing with myself about inner conflicts. Certain key images take on deeper meaning for me, like the lady diver, or the group of women gathered in a rowboat. Even the inclusion of handwriting as a part of the image refers both to communication, and to a part of our culture that is rapidly becoming anachronistic. I like the pattern as a background for my collages, and I also like to include handwriting because it is something we are losing touch with. Our computer driven culture is leaning towards typing and emailing as our main form of communicating. I still think script has a personality all its own that reflects the writer much more intimately.

While working on a new collage, I have an assortment of images all around me, which I choose from and play with. These images are never planned out in advance, but happen much more spontaneously. This is why I prefer the cut and paste method of collage over using a computer to manipulate the images. I like the physical act of layering all these different images together, until I find a fit thatís just right.