Portrait of the artist by Josh Caffrey, 2020
The suite of paintings preceding my current work were a bit autobiographical yet relied heavily on observation and public or historical narratives. My current work is intimate and personal, large-scale abstract paintings employing a palette of black paint to explore the depth of blackness expressed as a range of energies. My work is informed by memory, observations, and personal narratives that are examined, deconstructed and interpreted using geometric abstraction. Psychological, emotional and spiritual energies read as energetic mark-making while geometric and organic shapes become representations of my body.
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth is an interdisciplinary artist whose large-scale abstract paintings are informed by memory and employ energetic mark-making to interpret psychological and emotional energies. She has been invited to exhibit her work in Los Angeles, North Carolina, Scotland and Paris; and to perform at Williams College and Northwestern University. She is a recipient of the 2020 COLA Individual Artist Fellowship and has lectured about her work at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness, Franklin County, OH), OTIS, California State University Los Angeles, and Chapman University. Most recently, she taught Advanced Drawing and Painting at UCLA, and holds part-time teaching positions at Los Angeles City College and Glendale Community College. 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.