Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

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Artist Statement

I have become appalled by human acts of violence. I make paintings and videos that seek to interpret motives that drive human behavior to understand the ways we engage one another. I accomplish this by mining personal and public memory, excavating narratives from my own experiences and acquiring narratives from observation, gossip, oral history, documentaries and broadcasted news. Abstraction is employed as a language to process and interpret relationships with subtexts of conflict and aggression.

In my solo exhibition, Star Tracking, the relationship between the celestial and the earthly is loosely examined. Large, monochromatic paintings in black, reference the myth of gravitational influences on the psyche. Paint is heavily applied or thinned and poured and married with lines, marks and gestures that become portraits of celestial bodies and metaphors for human behavior.

The Hair Text paintings mimic journal entries in which synthetic hair is shaped into a writing system of new and living fonts that reveal trespasses against the female body.

Videos document a return to a public place (a street corner) and a personal residence (a former home of my father) from my childhood that trigger narratives exposing the threat of real and perceived violence.

These recent works use a reduced palette. Black paint, black and brown synthetic hair and black-and-white video all reference binary oppositions: light and dark, public and private, internal and external, lucid and mad, the beautiful and the abject.

CV
Education

2014     M.F.A. Studio Art, California State University, Los Angeles
2002     B.A. Studio Art, California State University, Los Angeles
1995     IDEAL Language Institute, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

One Person Exhibitions
2015
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth: Star Tracking. Nan Rae Gallery, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

Group Exhibitions

2015

Colored Girls. Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
American Survey Pt: 1. Papillion Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014

Question the Projection. L.A. Freewaves at Sidestreet Projects, Pasadena, CA
GLAMFA. CSU Long Beach Fine Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA
Each Other [in conversation with CamLab]. Luckman Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
When There is No Sun. CSULA Graduate Thesis Exhibition, CSULA Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013

New Arrivals: CSULA Graduates Take on L.A. Red Pipe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012

En Reverencia: In Reverance to the Ancestors. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles, CA
BAILA con Duende. Watts Towers Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show. Toranoko, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Walk-Through. CSULA Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011

The 45 Show. 20 Miles East Gallery, Pomona, CA
Graduate Walk-Through. CSULA Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Public Art

2013

Out The Window. Curated by L.A. Freewaves, 2,000 LA County Metro buses

Curatorial Projects

2016

The Cosmic Trinity: Ritual Portals at the Mezzanine. Project Space 2920, Los Angeles, CA [upcoming]

2015

Glen Wilson: Gate Keeping. Project Space 2920, Los Angeles, CA
¡Samplista!: Monster Mash. Project Space 2920, Los Angeles, CA

Artist Talks and Lectures 

2015

Artist Talk. Conversations by Artists for Artists: Glen Wilson and Lisa Diane Wedgeworth. Soto Studio, (Beacon Arts Building), Los Angeles, CA
Guest Lecturer. Lisa Diane Wedgeworth: Star Tracking. Nan Rae Gallery, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
Guest Lecturer. Art and Text. Karin Lanzoni, Professor. Chapman University, Orange, CA
Guest Lecturer. Painting 3. Holly Tempo, Professor. Otis College of Art & Design. LA, CA

2014
Guest Lecturer. Mining The Family Narrative. National Alliance on Mental Illness, Franklin County, Ohio

Teaching

2016
Adjunct Professor, History of Photography, East Los Angeles College | Spring 2016 [upcoming]

2015
Volunteer, 2D Design. Laurel Paley, Professor, Los Angeles City College | Fall 2015
Adjunct Professor, History of Photography. East Los Angeles College | Fall 2015
Adjunct Professor, Photography. East Los Angeles College | Spring 2015

2011
Teaching Artist, IndiVisible. California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2004-7
Teaching Artist. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2004
Teaching Artist. Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA