Thu, 24 Mar 2016 — Sat, 7 May 2016
Reception: Saturday April 2, 1-4 pm | Artist Talk at 2 pm
Drawing on her scientific background, Lisa Matthias expresses her interest in ecology, natural history and environmentalism through interpretive drawing and printmaking. Her new series of large-scale black and white abstract prints were inspired by repetition found in nature, yet they are evocative of blueprints, city maps and other types of human constructions.
Lisa Matthias is an Edmonton-based artist with a Master of Science in plant ecology and a Bachelor of Science in ecology. After working as a professional ecologist for over a decade, she went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Alberta and now works as an artist and educator full-time. The idea that everything is part of a larger assemblage, emphasized by the recognition of patterns and relatedness across species and scales of life, is a central theme in her work.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 — Sat, 29 Nov 2014
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 25, 1-4 pm
Christine Klassen Gallery is pleased to present Lisa Matthias in her first solo exhibit at CKG.
‘Field Notes’ is a collection of abstracted woodcut prints inspired by botanical and zoological forms that often resemble man-made constructions. Matthias draws on her background as a biologist as she explores repetition and the interconnectedness of species and all scales of life at a microscopic level.
“These works are abstract and referential, expressive and structured, constructed and dismantled, balanced and unsteady. Like any organism, the figurative component of each composition is to some degree interwoven with its environment,” says Matthias. “The pieces contemplate habitat, home, shelter, nest, pattern, recurrence, organization, and connectedness, from a variety of perspectives.”
Matthias holds a Master of Fine Art from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science from the University of Manitoba, and currently resides in Edmonton, AB. Her work has been exhibited in Western Canada, the US, Scotland, Slovakia and Japan.