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Artist Talk: Lisa Jarrett, House/Field/Home
September 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDTFree
Lisa Jarrett’s work, House/Field/Home is currently on exhibit at Wa Na Wari. Join them for a virtual artist talk with Lisa, on September 1st, at 6pm.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89729059387?pwd=dUE0SHNjbG56cDJNQ3lVRWRRQVdsZz09
Meeting ID: 897 2905 9387
Lisa’s intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. Lisa says she exists to make socially engaged work within the African Diaspora where the desires and limitations of representation are contentious sites. Much of her work contemplates the necessity of imagination as a person whose history, to a fault, is untraceable due to the violence of slavery in the United States and the ongoing attempts at cultural erasure that colonialism demands.
Recent drawings examine hair care and beauty regimens within Black femme culture. Lisa is curious about how our personal and private routines (and the attendant products and purchases) exist within our imaginations, conversations, and stories, and further signal how we represent ourselves. Our routines are rituals wherein we honor our experiences and claim beauty standards existing beyond and before dominant narratives. Lisa is curious about the time we take and how the money we spend moves in capitalist marketplaces. Lisa is curious about how we talk back and tether ourselves to our mothers and children through this signifying. Lisa is claiming the qualities of these ritual practices as drawing materials whose histories both trace and extend our lost languages and homelands. The drawing object becomes the mechanism by which different systems of value become visible and knowable.
About Lisa Jarrett:
Lisa Jarrett (Portland, OR) is an artist and educator who works as Assistant Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) and holds an MFA from University of Montana (Missoula, MT). She is co-founder and co-director of KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art); Harriet Tubman Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice–both in NE Portland, OR; and the artists collective Art 25: Art in the 25th Century. Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. She exists and makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. Jarrett exhibits nationally and has recently produced projects for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and was awarded a Joan Mitchell Award for Painters and Sculptors grant in 2018.