Complex designs magically appear as Lisa draws with an X-ACTO knife into hard boards covered in clay and ink.
Lisa Goesling microscopically penetrates nature and abstracts for their aesthetic value. She creates hyper-detailed renderings of her observations on an untraditional support, rather than the expected canvas or paper, she uses black scratchboards that are composed of Kaolin Clay covered with dark India ink. Exquisitely meticulous visions unfold through her painstaking technique. Using and X-ACTO knife, she etches her design on the black surface ink through which the image bursts forth from the white clay. In some instances, colored inks will be added to give luster and depth to her ecological visions.
The passion for making art came early to Ms. Goesling. She began taking art classes at the School of the Art Institute at the age of twelve. Before devoting herself full-time as an artist, she ran her own graphic design firm. Over the past decade she has won prestigious awards and fellowships, and her work has been requested for countless exhibitions throughout the country.
Ms. Goesling assiduously presents various botanic elements in her art; a leaf replete of intricate patterns, tree bark of variegated textures, and cabbage formed of white and black ripples. Nature is the catalyst for her art, paying tribute to our living ecology, capturing fleeting forms for eternity. In some instances, she adapts nature’s lines into abstract images that pay homage to their botanic core.
Ms. Goesling was awarded an Artist Residency at The Studios of Key West in March/April 2017 and completed a two year Artist Residency at the Merchandise Mart of Chicago. Dominic Iacono, Director of Syracuse University Galleries awarded her Best Show for 2014 Pussy Willows in the Less is More-Small Works Show at the Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis, MD. New York Art Critic, Jill Conner, Curator and Founder of Artists Studios, NYC, awarded Inside of an Iris both the Award of Excellence and the Critic’s Choice Award in the 2013 Manhattan Arts International Competition. Inside of an Iris is on the front cover of New York Times Bestseller, Colum McCann’s novel, TransAtlantic (European Release), winner of the 2015 D&AD Award of Excellence, London England. Her art, Detail of a Grape Leaf appears on a variety labels for Encendido Wine, Argentina. The manufacturers of Scratchboard, Ampersand Art Supply, awarded her the 2013 Ampersand Art Material Award and purchased her art for their permanent collection. Ms. Goesling was featured on Sergio Gomez’ Art NXT Level Projects April 2016 Podcast winning as one of the top five most downloaded podcasts, and was featured in ACS Magazine.
She participates in exhibitions throughout the United States. Her art is in public and private collections worldwide and she continues to teach workshops to anyone interested in getting lost in mark making.