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Lisa Haque

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

I draw upon biology, botany, emblems of domesticity and their related arts to create a personal lexicon. The work is my attempt to map out my relationship to the natural world, the result is intended to be a compelling mystery rather than a linear narrative. The work evokes processes of growth, transformation, and decay through its imagery and manipulation of materials. Having worked as a professional papermaker for seven years, I have developed an understanding of the material’s capacity for expression, and often push it to the edge of existence- using it’s ephemeral nature to evoke a sense of suspended time. The material serves a conceptual purpose-with so much of my imagery being derived from plants, utilizing them to create the raw material with which I work layers on another meaning: I create archival paper to document processes of growth, degradation and decay.

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