KRANNICHFELD'S “UNDOMESTICATED INTERIORS” LAND AT LAMAN
International art sensation Lisa Krannichfeld will bring her “Undomesticated Interiors” solo exhibition to William F. Laman Public Library Exhibition Hall in March.
The show, featuring Krannichfeld's latest works, will hang March 6-25 with an opening reception March 10 from 6-8 p.m.
“This latest body of work is the strongest work she has ever produced,” Mac Murphy, owner of M2 Gallery said. “Her watercolor and collage style that has made her an international name is taken to a much higher level in this series.”
Krannichfeld feels that images are vehicles for the teaching of history and in this series she tackles the historical imagery of the female gender and aims to counterbalance it.
“I aim to contradict the flood of hyper-sexualized images of women bombarding society on a daily basis by creating female portraits that emulate strength, power, and aggression,” Krannichfeld said. “These are characteristics I feel do and should pertain to women as much as men.”
According to the artist, this series' intent is to rebel against the traditional portrayal of doll-like women of the 17th-19th centuries, when women were painted in lavish interior settings belonging to their husbands or fathers.
“Women were decorations – another piece of property among other furnishings. Their value derived from their beauty. Their purpose for the viewing pleasure of another,” she explains.
Still, even with the distance of a few hundred years, women continue to struggle with being viewed as less than equal to their male counterparts, evidenced by the continued battle for equal pay, equal rights, and equal opportunity.
“As a creator of imagery, I endeavor to construct a new visual representation of the female gender in hopes that it transcends beyond the visual arts and into what you see when you look at a woman, and what a woman sees when she looks at herself,” Krannichfeld explains.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY – Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR in an interesting cultural mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Growing up surrounded by women born of the mindset to serve - not indulge, be humble - not bold, and to suppress - not express, Lisa gives the women in her paintings a voice and an outlet. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested and at times defiant expressions. Breaking traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolor materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials.
Lisa’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions nationally and internationally including shows across the southern United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Stockholm, and Hamburg. Most recently she was chosen as the October 2016 cover artist for the international art publication, Fresh Paint Magazine. In 2015 she received the Delta Award in the prestigious 57th Annual Delta Juried Exhibition showcasing contemporary American art from Southern artists. Her work has also won First Place in the 2015 Batesville Area Arts Council National Juried Exhibition, and the Juror Award in the 2015 Irene Rosenzweig Juried Biennial Exhibition. She has been named “One To Watch” in Saatchi Art Magazine and a “Woman to Watch” by Soiree` Magazine in her home state of Arkansas. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections throughout her home state of Arkansas as well as in collections around the world. In Arkansas, Krannichfeld is represented by M2 Gallery.