Portfolio

 

Paintings

 
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TIME CHAMBER 1

2016
acrylic on canvas
80 x 80 cm
Lisa Traxler

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TIME CHAMBER 2

2016
acrylic on canvas
80 x 80 cm
Lisa Traxler

STORY TELLER 100x100cm TRAXLER2

STORYTELLER

2016
acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Lisa Traxler

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COMING HOME

2016
acrylic on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Lisa Traxler

FRONTLINE copy 5

FRONTLINE

2016
acrylic on canvas
75.5 x 50.5 cm
Lisa Traxler

CHAIN HOME copy 3

CHAIN HOME

2016
acrylic on canvas
75.5 x 50.5 cm
Lisa Traxler

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SALVA MEA

2016
acrylic on canvas
75.5 x 50.5 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper

 
BY CHANCE

BY CHANCE

2016
watercolour, acrylic, thread on paper
25 x 22 cm
Lisa Traxler

FOLDING

FOLDING

2016
watercolour, acrylic, thread on paper
26 x 19 cm
Lisa Traxler

MAKING TIME 1

MAKING TIME 1

2016
watercolour, acrylic, thread on paper
19 x 13 cm
Lisa Traxler

MAKING TIME 2

MAKING TIME 2

2016
watercolour, acrylic, thread on paper
19 x 13 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper collages THREADS OF LIFE part 1 VENICE 54 x 54cm mixed media stitched collage 2015 Traxler copy

THREADS OF LIFE (part 1) Venice

2015
collage (acrylic, watercolour, ink, newsprint, stitched thread on paper)
54 x 54 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper collages THREADS OF LIFE part 2 BALI 54 x 54cm mixed media stitched collage 2015 Traxler copy

THREADS OF LIFE (part 2) Bali

2015
collage (acrylic, watercolour, ink, stitched thread on paper)
54 x 54 cm
Lisa Traxler

NORTHERN LINE 1 Traxler copy

NORTHERN LINE 1

2016
watercolour, ink, thread on paper
43 x 41 cm
Lisa Traxler

NORTHERN LINE part 3

NORTHERN LINE 2

2016
watercolour, ink, thread on paper
40 x 46 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper collages A DIFFERENT CORNER 23 x 23cm mixed media stitched collage 2015 Traxler copy

A DIFFERENT CORNER

2015
mixed media stitched collage
(acrylic, watercolour, ink, stitched thread on paper)
23 x 23 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper collages SETTLING INTO THE YEAR 23 x 23cm mixed media stitched collage 2015 Traxler copy

SETTLING INTO THE YEAR

2015
mixed media stitched collage
(acrylic, watercolour, ink, stitched thread on paper)
23 x 23 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper collages SEE THE MOMENT 23 x 23cm mixed media stitched collage 2015 Traxler copy

SEE THE MOMENT

2015
mixed media stitched collage
(acrylic, watercolour, ink, stitched thread on paper)
23 x 23 cm
Lisa Traxler

On paper collages EACH MONTH HAS A SHAPE 23 x 23cm mixed media stitched collage 2015 Traxler 1 copy

EACH MONTH HAS A SHAPE

2015
mixed media stitched collage
(acrylic, watercolour, ink, stitched thread on paper)
23 x 23 cm
Lisa Traxler

Form

 
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Sculpture
Installations
CLOUD COLLECTING EXHIBITION 3 copy2

CLOUD COLLECTING

March - April 2016
Curve Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
Arts Council England.

View exhibition
SPACE INTERRUPTED EXHIBITION 4 copy

SPACE INTERRUPTED

September 2015
Fort Brockhurst, Gosport.
English Heritage, Arts Council England.

View exhibition
form installation 360 A PANORAMA 2012 copy3

360 A Panorama

The West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW. July - September 2012

View exhibition
form sculpture VOLUME SCULPTURE D 2012 copy
BuildsixLarge4

BUILD : BEAUTY CHORUS

2017
vitreous enamel on steel 3D sculptural paintings
Lisa Traxler

form sculpture ECHO B copy3
Screen Shot 2017 08 21 at 22.58.08

Exhibitions

 

BUILD : Lisa Traxler x Surface Matter x London Design Festival, 2017

16 September to 14 October 2017
Surface Matter, 29 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

BUILD is an immersive installation by Artist Lisa Traxler housed in the Surface Matter materials studio in London Fields. Materials meet art, informed by architecture in a visual narrative heavy with the echo of history. Lisa Traxler RWS MRBS, is a contemporary visual artist, living and working in Britain. She combines painting and 3D form responding to landscape and architectural spaces.

BUILD is Traxler’s most resent body of work reacting to a specific historical site, a former WWII Radar Bunker on the Isle of Wight. Holding a great deal of significance to the Island’s heritage community, the bunker was the former Royal Air Force radar station, ideally positioned to monitor the south coast of Britain during WWII as part of the Chain Home network. After its service, from 1941 until it became non- operational in 1947, the Radar Bunker was left to deteriorate and become derelict.

In BUILD, Traxler creates an environmental autobiography – a sense of self and place intimately connected.The territory around the Bunker is undulating and restless, ragged outcrops of gorse alongside craggy, weatherworn stone pushing through the land. Traxler plays with the notions of encrypted communication between landscape and architectural space utilising the durable material steel more commonly used in construction to investigate this decryption puzzle.

BUILD tours the Penwith Gallery, St. Ives 26 May to 24 June, Surface Matter, London 16 September to 14 October and The Bunker, St. Lawrence, IOW 23 October to 6 November. BUILD in conjunction with Surface Matter is part of the Maker Mile Route for London Design Festival, 16 to 24 September 2017.

'THE BEAUTY CHORUS'. 2017 Vitreous Enamelled Steel Sculptures

Eight vitreous enamel and steel constructions titled ‘The Beauty Chorus’, which is borrowed from the unofficial name given to the bank of contrasting coloured secret telephones linking Churchill’s underground headquarters at Whitehall to control rooms around the nation intercepting information and scrambling messages. It also honours the female pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary, known informally as the Beauty Chorus during WWII.

Heavy with this echo of history the geometric shapes within Traxler’s steel structures look to have been lifted from the blueprint of a technical drawing documenting a secret architectural design. Lightly interlocking and carefully constructed,these fragmented compositions are slotted together, each piece interacting with its neighbour. The cut edges of the steel function as lines in space interplaying with the mark making on the surface. This cryptographic drawing referencing dazzle camouflage and radar, the hidden messages of warfare.

The vitreous enamel on steel works are designed and hand painted by Traxler and fabricated by A.J. Wells & Sons on the Isle of Wight.

‘TIME CHAMBER - YOU CAN HEAR THE BIRDS SING’. 2017
Drawn and stitched PAPERSCAPES

1,292 A4 laser copied images stitched together, swooping, soaring as if in flight. The nature of paper and fine thread drawing through the space creating sculptural forms. These ethereal sewn paper pieces represent thought processes, personal memories, tethered in place before they disappear from recollection - the images repeat, as memories do, stills from a black and white movie of life. The abstracted images are based on archival reference into WWI Dazzle Camouflage and echo notions of recall and occurrence.

'ASCENSION ECHO’. 2017
Solid Paper Composite, Site Specific, Dimensions Variable

Further materials are explored in BUILD, the site specific Ascension Echo transforms discarded off-cuts from a solid paper composite staircase designed by Traxler to create this ethereal landscape. Shards and splinters, geometric forms, displacement and unease, mark making in the three dimensional. The original staircase design again referencing the disguise and disruption of dazzle camouflage and brutalist architecture.

'HIDE + SEEK’. 2017Sheet Vinyl, 216m x 575m

The exterior glass of the Surface Matter studio is clad in a disruptive designed sheet vinyl. Cut-out silhouettes play with the implementation of Dazzle.

‘Dazzle’ was originated by Lieutenant-Commander Norman Wilkinson, who argued that if a ship could be broken up into strongly contrasted design, her course could not be observed without longer periscope observation and even still not exactly. This uncertainty might delay enemy fire until the ship had obtained a chance of escape. The Dazzle aesthetic impacted the modern art movements of Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism and has been adopted internationally by the major navies, evolving into a more defined ‘disruptive’ camouflage by the Second World War.

Lisa Traxler RWS MRBS, is an award-winning contemporary visual artist. Her abstract art traverses the two and three dimensional divide and links the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Her solo exhibition, BUILD is touring the Penwith Gallery in St. Ives, alongside the Surface Matter Materials Gallery for The London Design Festival and finishing at the source of response, a WWII Radar Bunker on the Isle of Wight in October 2017. lisatraxler.com

Surface Matter love materials. Innovative materials. Translucent materials. Strong and recycled materials. Materials that make you go, 'WOW'. They work closely with some of the most exciting materials out there, helping creatives push the boundaries of architecture and design. With a deep understanding of the possibilities and limitations of materials, they bridge the gap between the people who make materials and the people who create with materials. surfacematter.co.uk