In her paintings and drawings, Lisa Creed returns to her roots: abstraction. Using paint, graphite and color pencils, she explores the intersection of drawing and painting. Paint allows Creed to create layers to scratch into and graphite allows her to draw and make notes about what is going on around her.
Creed seeks both minimalism and complexity. Busy areas contrast with quiet spots. Shades of white initially seem the same and then, on closer view, are distinctly different. She weaves stories using paint and pencil. She wants the viewer to be drawn in and to visually excavate these works. To engage the viewer, to see the whole work then deconstruct it to individual parts and then to stand back and see the whole work once again.
And finally, there is jazz, in particular 1950’s and 1960’s jazz, the music that was in the background as Creed grew up. Today the abstraction of the music directly affects the act of her paintings.