Lisa Lackey - Textile Artist

Artist's Statement



Capturing the inherent beauty of life’s little moments is my muse. Acknowledging the large events is easy to do.  We all capture those moments in our lives, usually in photographs.  Gotcha! is one such life event: The day a family received their adopted daughter and got to hold her in their arms for the first time. But those major events are rather few and far between.  To live a happy, fulfilled lives, within the turmoil of our everyday worlds of family, work, and social responsibilities, as well as the stress of politics, global warming, and pandemics, it is ever more necessary to find as much joy and beauty as possible in the everyday moments.  And they all around us.  Constantly and consistently.  We just have to awaken ourselves to see them.


If we looked up from our iPhones during those morning or evening commutes, we might notice, with  a gasp, the Grandmother reading about death, the manspread sitting across from us, or the young girl donning patterns of pink while her brother, licking an ice cream cone, is captivated by a man doing a crossword puzzle. (6 AVE Local)


When we relish the colors, textures and playful compositions in our day-to-day world, we see things like the playful shadows of the dancing leaves as we take a moment to wave hello to ourselves. (In the Shadows) Or notice the intense light on the sand as we walk with our sister and her dog during a windy, fall sunset at the beach.  (Sisters, Sister’s Dog, Sister’s Feet, Sisters’ Heads, The Other Feet)


Being conscious of these moments means not only listening to your friend during an intense conversation, but watching their gestures articulate their beliefs. The movement of their hands becomes a beautiful dance on the limited stage of a table. (Conversation Series)


My work is akin to puzzle making: I create works out of paper and/or fabric, collaging the materials, and joining them together to make a whole out of seemingly disparate parts. I am driven to rebuild images from my daily life as I focus on the shape of the pieces, their patterns and colors, and when done in fabrics, the textures and weave structures I choose to incorporate.  This piecing together of bits and sections, to recreate and reinterpret a world, never ceases to amaze me and, in fact, invigorates my awe for the beauty of the everyday vistas we each experience.  There is a meditative pleasure in the act of putting a puzzle together, a sense of control over what starts as a pile of chaos, turning it into a beautiful and ordered world.  It is these feelings that I experience as I work and what never ceases to motivate me to seek the next challenging puzzle.


All of my work references time. The first, most direct reference is the capturing of brief moments out of an entire lifetime of experiences.  The second relationship to time is within the historical context of working with techniques derived from and passed down by generations of women, going back centuries. Overlaid over all this is the time it takes me to recreate each image. I am drawn to this process, which slows down each split second of time into hours, as I rebuild its image, layer by layer, and stitch by stitch. 

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