Approved: 05.07.2007

Lisa McKendrick

Artist, Curator, Writer

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Approved: 05.07.2007

I allow my paintings to “happen” like a Freudian slip or a slip of the tongue. In doing this I am able to tap into archetypal imagery, symbols and fragments of the psyche in a backdrop of landscapes that seem remote and out of this world. Here, I playfully master the technique of catching the painting while it isn’t looking.

Within my work there is a romanticisation of the road trip and the freedom

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Residencies, Private commissions, Creative writing, Curating, Film-making
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance
 
 

Biography

I allow my paintings to “happen” like a Freudian slip or a slip of the tongue. In doing this I am able to tap into archetypal imagery, symbols and fragments of the psyche in a backdrop of landscapes that seem remote and out of this world. Here, I playfully master the technique of catching the painting while it isn’t looking. Within my work there is a romanticisation of the road trip and the freedom which it symbolises. The car is used as a symbol for access to a psychological space which is open to interpretation. A space filled with objects and figures of the exotic, mythical or people doing ordinary things. The landscapes which dominate the paintings extend beyond the idyllic prettiness of the pastoral as they embrace the charm and grit of the real world on the brink of both enlightenment and decay. This psychological space is intermingled with debris which protrudes, floats or falls inside the canvas and baffles the narrative. When trying to pin-point a specific place the work could be referencing a range of things from American novels, road trip films, Australian, New Zealand landscapes, the Mexican desert to the open roads of Europe and Britain. The landscapes are alive with the possibility of adventure and exploring new territories. Imagery within the work seems to melt into familiar narratives where we are reminded of Alfred Hitchcocks "Psycho", Jack Kerouacs "Lonesome Traveller" or "On the Road" or even David Lynch's "Lost Highway" and J.G. Ballard's "Crash". Using images found in films or family slides found in car boot sales or scanned slides found while searching the internet I am able to work with amateur photographs or cinematic imagery. Often I find discarded slides with images of holidays or pictures of people standing next to their car or house. I find this imagery interesting to work with as the people are unfamiliar to me but the images arouse a curiosity which I explore in my work. Lisa McKendrick is a New Zealand born British artist.

CV & Education

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Recent Exhibitions:
2014 Studio 1:1, Red Xmas
2014 Xylonite Arts, London
2014 Hey Days! Bermondsey Project, London
2014 Art Converters, Studio 1:1, Redchurch St
2013 Needle's Eye, New Court Gallery, Repton
2012 Day of the Dead, Vyner St, London
2012 Needle's Eye, BayArt, Cardiff, Arts Council funded exhibition
2012 Fowle Hall Features Artist Residency and Exhibition, Paddock Wood, UK
2012 BAT Pack III, Mile End Art Pavilion, London
2012 Needle's Eye, Transition Gallery, London
2012 Islington Arts Factory, Fundraising Event, London
2011 In an Age of Aeroplanes, You May Fly, SJQ, London
         Curated two person show:  Lisa McKendrick, Ben Walker
2011 Auratica Fantastica, New Zealand
2011 Candy Mountains, Arbeit, London
         Curated group show: Lisa McKendrick, Ruth Solomons, Alice Peillon, Bruce Lovelock, Charlie Day
2011 Little Benefits, Vyner St, London
2011 Open Open, Swiss Cottage Library, London
2011 The Illusion of Art, Courtyard Theatre, London
2010 Bat Pack I, Mile End Arts Pavilion

Residencies and Talks:
2013 Culturanze, Salento, Italy, artist talk and presentation of music videos
2012 Fowle Hall Features Artist Residency and Exhibition, Paddock Wood, UK
2012 Franko B, Salon, Bow Arts Trust, artist talk and presentation
2010 St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls, artist talk and workshop

Performances
2012 Goldsmiths Relay, Performance Group Research Group
2012 Goldsmiths Relay stage, Listen Lisse musical performance with live projection by Constance Whiston
2012 Studio 1:1, Pact, Performance Group Research Group
2011 Servant Jazz Quarters, In an Age of Aeroplanes, You May Fly, live music

Competitions, prizes and awards:
2012 Bay Art Gallery, Arts Council funding, Needles Eye
2007 Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London

Publications and Interviews:
2012 The ArtPoint interview with Phillip F Clarke, New York
2012 Trebuchet Magazine, Transition Gallery's First Thursdays
2007 Jerwood Contempory Painters Catalogue 2007
2007 AN Magazine – Jerwood show
2007 The Times – Jerwood Painters

Curated Exhibitions:
-Candy Mountains
-In an Age of Aeroplanes, You May Fly
-A Point Between Two Destinations

Collections:
James Wallace Collection (NZ)

Education:
1998 Bachelor of Design – Painting, Unitec, School of Architecture and Design, Auckland, New Zealand
1994 Foundation - Painting, drawing, set design, professional practice, TV and video, School of Architecture and Design, Auckland, New Zealand