Featured Artist… Lisa Daria Kennedy!

Sink by Lisa Daria Kennedy Acrylic/Oil  36x40"
SINK by Lisa Daria Kennedy
Acrylic/Oil 36×40″

Lisa Daria Kennedy. Unique! Taking an everyday space and making it WOW! I love the kitchen sink and window… the counters, the dish soap… fabulous! The abstract qualities bring it to life! There is a method to her madness, truly… Her story below is inspirational!

Glades by Lisa Daria Kennedy Acrylic/Oil
GLADES by Lisa Daria Kennedy

Another fabulous painting! So many wonderful layers! Lisa also has a daily painting blog, which you’ve just got to check out!

Read a bit about Lisa from her website:

Fainting Party; Abject Embodiment. I’ve been making paintings every single day for the last 1500 days.Which is nearly five years. As the volume of my daily paintings grow they are not just representing the days that I have lived. As a cancer survivor, I discovered that living is not just surviving and my intimate paintings create a structural frame work of self-preservation.Although my ritual continues, over the past two years I’ve expanded my work to move beyond this self-imposed, rule based project.I now understand the controlled parameters.The project is a way to manage the out of control circumstances of an abject body. However, I’m not interested in depicting the debasing and vile aspects of the abject. I’m interested in how the relationship with the body changes after one experiences the abject.

In my Fainting Party series women are shown in vulnerable poses. The edges of the figures break apart and there’s an uncertainty between where the interior body ends and the exterior space begins. Cancer disintegrates a sense of stability and the potential for further catastrophe is incessant. So, there is a constant negotiation between one’s self and their surroundings.

I portray this negotiation by pulling from art history. I appropriate the reclining nude in my work, however I repurpose her as fainting. The fainting pose symbolizes vulnerability, because the fainting body represents loss of control.

Fainting therefore signifies abject embodiment.

In my paintings, boundaries are blurred and skin and bones no longer act as protective shields. An impending collision between interior and exterior is forever present.

In my research doctors Waskul and Van der Riet state that,

“A person does not inhabit a static object body but is subjectively embodied in a fluid, emergent and negotiated process of being. In this process, body, self, and social interaction are interrelated to such an extent that distinctions between them are not only permeable and shifting, but also actively manipulated and configured. The body is embodied.”

The body is a vessel – a cultural product that is easily assaulted and penetrated, so the figure in my work is gestural. The loose lines imply bodily boundaries and the searching characteristic of my line work represents uncertainty. These gestural lines create gaps and openings in the frame work of the figure so, what is inside can come out and what is outside can come in.

In abject embodiment, the body repeatedly defies it’s own boundaries.

In my work I simulate a feeling of disorientation by including hints of a recognizable world that are tangled up with abstraction. The collision between realism and non-representation creates a disconnect between self and one’s surroundings.

The thing is that those who have never experienced abject embodiment should understand, is that it is we who have experienced it, cannot just let it go.

We deal with our bodies and negotiate our surroundings every day.

I paint to tell this story of a fluid, permeable and negotiated process of being.

Images via LisaDariaKennedy.com, used with permission…
Catch you back here tomorrow!

8 thoughts on “Featured Artist… Lisa Daria Kennedy!

  1. Woah. I have been following Lisa ‘ s Daily Paint Works for 3 years and have purchased one flower study . I never realized her other works were from such a complex personal experience . I’m so glad you have reviewed her work so that others like myself realize that there is even more than the surface of the flower studies to marvel over


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