Smooth Operator, 2021


Oil on birch panel

14.00 x 11.00 x 1.00 in

35.6 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm

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14.00 x 11.00 x 1.00 in

35.6 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm

Unique Work


    About The Work

    This Land, Our Land is a series of oil paintings that take a well-used utilitarian object and transform it into an emotive landscape. The artist has long been interested in the histories of the most mundane objects, the significance they hold, and the meanings they convey. With these paintings, she wishes to impart a semblance of that emotional terrain, turning the object with all of its age and imperfection into a panorama that conflates still life with landscape. 

    For This Land, Our Land a well-worn and faded American Flag (circa 1969), owned by a first-generation American who went to Antarctica and came back with this flag, becomes a composition of rolling hills and crevices, symbolic colors and tones. This aging and thread-bare symbol of America has a story to tell; one that has outlived its owner. The slow build-up of paint mirrors the accumulation that is Americanism. She works on a smooth, pristine surface, working the paint in and building layer upon layer. Keeping the composition relatively simple allows the artist to focus on what interests her most: the subtle folds, worn areas, deep dark crevices, and smooth-edged crags that embody this object and the painting itself.

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    About Lisa Kellner

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