Lisa Goesling microscopically examines nature and abstracts for their aesthetic value. She creates hyper-detailed renderings of her observations on an nontraditional support, rather than the expected canvas or paper, she uses black scratchboards that are composed of Kaolin Clay covered with India ink. Exquisitely meticulous visions unfold through her painstaking technique. Using an X-ACTO knife, she etches her design on the black surface in 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 for Ms. Goesling. She began taking art classes at the School of the Art Institute Chicago 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 botanic elements in her art; a leaf replete of intricate patterns, tree bark of variegated textures, and cabbage formed of black and white 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.
Alison Hokanson, Assistant Curator, of Metropolitan Museum of Art presented Lisa with the 2017 BLACK & WHITE Special Recognition Award for her piece, Uprooted 2, (BWAC). She recently completed solo exhibitions at the Union League Club of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Dittmar Gallery and was accepted into the prestigious 2018 Rockford Biennial and the 2018 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial. 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 of Show in the Less is More-Small Works Show at the Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis, MD. New York Art Critic, Jill Conner awarded both the Award of Excellence and Critic’s Choice Award in the 2013 Manhattan Arts International Competition. Her artwork, 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. Detail of a Grape Leaf appears on a variety of 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 and is one of their top five most downloaded podcasts.
Ms. Goesling’s art is in public and private collections worldwide. She is a member of The Arts Club of Chicago and represented by Vivid Art Gallery, Winnetka, Water Street Studios, Batavia and SAATCHI Art online.