May 23rd – July 19th, 2019
Lisa Barthelson grew up in a family of artists and began making art as a child. She currently works in multiple mediums, looking at everything as a potential art medium, welcoming the challenge of transforming and re-composing household objects, personal cast offs or nature’s detritus in combination with traditional materials and methods. The ongoing ‘family debris series’ communicates Barthelson’s perspective on motherhood, childhood, feminism, and consumerism through the choice of materials and how they are used. Everyday ‘family debris’, or the objects possessed and cast off, provide direction and are selected for their visual properties and personal significance. The aggregated permanent and ephemeral materials tell the story of her family of five through the choices they’ve made. The abstract visual narrative is fueled by part imagination, part anguish, part humor and much guilt. Did the family buy into the contemporary folklore that they needed so much ‘stuff’ to be ever young, happy, fulfilled, good parents, American? In essence, the family debris series is an energizing challenge, pleasurable penance for a family using and discarding ‘too much’. All these things, wanted, but not necessarily needed. In the end, an artist’s response to the adage: waste not, want not.
Barthelson’s work has been exhibited throughout New England and in NY. She exhibited ‘family debris’ pieces in ‘Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity and the Home’, featuring work of 8 contemporary New England Artists at the Newport Art Museum’s Winter Exhibition in 2018 and ‘Plastic Imagination’, Fitchburg Art Museum’s Fall Exhibition, featuring the work of 10 contemporary New England in 2016. Barthelson’s work is included in public and private collections including Newport Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, Newport RI. Commissions include site specific wall, ‘client generated debris’ sculptures for Kronos. Inc. and Worcester State University. Barthelson has been awarded artist-in- residence fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, VT, Playa, OR, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Arts Center, NE.
Barthelson works from her studio in Worcester MA, and is an active member of the Worcester based Blackstone Print Studio Cooperative. She earned a BS in Environmental Design from the University Connecticut and an MLA, Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a Registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts. Barthelson has received awards for her mixed media print work, sculpture and public art, including the Juror’s Gold Award for her site specific installation: ‘water rings’, at 2010’s Art in the Park Exhibition in Worcester MA.
*Pictured above: Family Debris print series 2 by Lisa Barthelson
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