Discovering abstract expressionism at twenty seven freed me as an artist. I found an open, intuitive process that made incredible sense to me and helped me develop my own artistic vocabulary. Profoundly hard of hearing since age two, I have spent a lot of time silently observing others and my relationship to them. By exploring tension, sexuality and humor in my art, I want to illustrate how people interact, flee from confinement, or learn to stand their own ground. Each piece becomes a unique scenario to discover juxtapositions and identity in this world we all share.
Spotlight on seven New Jersey non-figurative artists RALPH J. BELLANTONI, CORRESPONDENT 12:01 a.m. EST January 1, 2016
Lisbin incorporates random odd materials into her organic sculptures--anything from rose petals to peppercorns, cloves to bathmats. Her biomorphic forms twist, spiral, bend and undulate under the impact of invisible pressures.
“My sculpture and painting are both concerned with abstract forms that have a human quality, and focus on relationships,” said Lisbin. “Line, gesture, materials and colors become metaphors for the delicate elements interaction generates.” Lisbin explores the physical and emotional effects of social contact by manipulating materials, evolving forms, and intuiting imagery. “It’s important to understand how we relate to others,” she said. “My images function on a variety of levels to highlight these experiences, from humor to sexuality.”
Curator’s Statement from Nancy Einreinhofer, Director of the Galleries at William Paterson University, Paterson, NJ
Susan Lisbin’s exhibit of paintings and sculpture mix materials and metaphors in a playful but impassioned manner. Her ideas, while finding expression in diverse forms, are unified by an unmistakable signature approach. This consistent grammar governs the compositional elements from the canvas to the paper works to the found and improvised materials in her sculpture. It revolves around the eccentric forms and their relationship to the ground and to each other.
Curator's Statement from John J. McGurk’s quote from "Cast, Tint, Shade" at the Mikhail Zakin Gallery at the Art School of Old Church, Demarest, NJ
On the other extreme is the work of Susan Lisbin. Using contrasting color as her departure point, Lisbin creates deeply personal paintings of other worldly bodies and objects. Highly abstract, Lisbin has created compositions full of gesture and hard lines, clearly demarcating the role of the artist as producer and creator of myth and metaphor.