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Lisa Traxler’s solo show Blast Wall explores the notion of “Home” and her relationship to her own distinctive home, charting her experience of living within a World War Two radar bunker on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Living within the shadow of this monumental construction, with its clean, sharp lines in contrast to the rugged coastal weatherworn landscape has led the artist to contemplate its history and forge a deep association with the location, creating an environmental autobiography - a sense of self and place intimately connected.
This relationship with the artist and her radar bunker has grown in significance during the covid-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. Quietened by the noise of ‘outside’ and tethered to both the physical and metaphysical home, Lisa tracked the arc of the sun within the blast wall area through photography, watching time pass in the form of light and shadow. The shapes created by light and shadow are recreated with geometric precision in her two and three-dimensional works, a response to her personal experience of this place.
Traxler is continually experimenting with the inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary art and is comfortable working in both two and three dimensions whilst exploring ways to bring the two together. Her works are concerned with her connection to her immediate landscape and often incorporate historical references. Hers is a landscape of ‘place’, an abstract concept rather than a traditional depiction. These forms are reconfigured and re-worked, their colour palette pertaining to the rugged land, bunker patina and military camouflage working in unison.
LISA TRAXLER RWS MRSS - Lisa Traxler lives and works on the Isle of Wight, U.K. She has exhibited throughout the UK and in Europe and her work is held in both public and private collections. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and has been the recipient of a number of awards. Her practice combines painting and 3D form responding to landscape and architectural spaces. The materials she works with are often associated with the industrial - enamel on steel and solid paper composite, crossing the boundaries of art and architecture. She works in multi-disciplines in both two and three dimensions. More recently she has been working in collaboration with other artists and architects. "The collision of architecture and history drove these spatial works created for the exhibition consolidating both a physical and emotional response to the blast wall and its setting." - Lisa Traxler
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