Portrait of the artist by Josh Caffrey, 2020
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth is an abstract painter making large-scale black abstract paintings interpreting memory and exploring the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. Informed by public memory and the excavation of personal narratives, she employs both performance and video art to continue her investigations using her body and fragmented storytelling. Her practice is concerned with the awareness of black as a distinctive hue to express a range of emotions and interpretations of spiritual energy associated with self-awareness, familial and intimate relationships. Currently, Wedgeworth's practice prioritizes the use of traditional painting materials (acrylic and oil) while exploring the use of synthetic hair as a non-traditional painting medium to reference the body and energy of black women she meets and or observes in public and private spaces in smaller intimate abstract mixed-media paintings.
Recent exhibitions include Within a Realm at Tyler Park Presents, Adornment Artifacts curated by jill moniz of Transformative Arts, First Exhibition at Museo Pequeno (A Coruña Spain) and The Phoenix Project 1992 (Korean Cultural Center). She has performed at Williams College and Northwestern University and exhibited video at the Nan Rae Gallery (Woodbury University), the artist run space AWOL and at Spilt Milk (Edinburgh Scotland).
She is a recipient of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship (2020), the Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellowship (2018) and the Georgia Fee Artist Residency (2016, France). She has lectured about her work at colleges and universities in both Southern and Northern California while teaching as a part-time lecturer at colleges and universities in Southern California. A cultural producer, Wedgeworth exhibited emerging artists in her studio-based project space PS 2920 between 2015 - 2016 and produces the public platform, Conversations About Abstraction to share the voices of abstract artists historically excluded from the Western canon.