October Art Gallery: Lisa Bigalke

Bigalke sizedHoly Family University Art Gallery Presents Lisa Bigalke
Exhibit Dates: October 4 - 27

Lisa Bigalke graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a bachelor’s in Art in 1996. She received her MFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in printmaking, from Louisiana State University in 2000. She currently teaches at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Since 2000, she has exhibited her work in more than 15 solo exhibitions. In 2016, she was awarded a Racine Art Museum Fellowship Grant.

From the artist: “Most people have a place that makes them feel alive. For me, that is being outside with my feet in the grass. Farm, park, garden—it doesn't matter, as long as plants are growing. The bulk of my imagery has come from places explored with friends—the Chequamegon National Forest, Grant Park in Milwaukee, or even my garden. For me, this body of work began on a trip with my sister and mother exploring places found in my father’s notebooks. He died when we were children on a hunting expedition and this was a way to feel close to him.”

“Traveling through these places, being able to document through photos, drawings, and notes, gives me the opportunity to reinterpret and organize. I include in my final works maps, statistical information, and personal letters to indicate reality, the actuality of these places and my relationship to them. The spirit of the place comes through in the color and texture. The intensity of the color often reflects time of day exaggerated, such as a mid-morning golden yellow light shimmering through the leaves at Buckhorn State Park. Abstracting from nature allows me to create decorative patterns and visual texture in both the macro and micro of the landscape. I include a readable landscape with an enlarged abstracted fossil, flower, or water pattern.”

“This layering of surface texture requires the viewer to interact with the rich surfaces. They are forced to peel back the layers and read it at my pace. The overlapping and concentrated use of the pattern puts the viewer into the realm of my journey, for they travel on my journey through the image. Those who look once may just find a pretty landscape; those who get lost in the color and pattern find the meaning.”

The event will take place at Holy Family University’s Education Technology Center (ETC) in the lobby and art gallery. Parking is available to all in the Campus Center parking lot in the visitor section without restriction.

This exhibition is part of Holy Family's monthly Gallery shows held throughout the academic year, each of which showcases a new and diverse exhibit featuring artists from around the world as well as Holy Family University's graduating art majors. The intended audiences of this exhibition are people of all ages.

The University Art Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Education & Technology Center on the University’s Northeast Philadelphia campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am - 8 pm.