Works by Jacqueline Chanda and Lisa Kanouse
Exhibition reception Friday, September 21st, from 6-8 pm at the YWCA Francis McClelland Community Center.
Our forthcoming Fall Exhibition is a two woman show featuring works by Lisa Kanouse and Jacqueline Chanda. This exhibition is an exploration of Tucson’s urban life as seen by these two talented artists, with surreal expressions and impressionistic outlooks taking center stage. Both artists work with Tucson as their subject matter, but in very different manners.
Jacqueline Chanda uses the term “observations” to describe her practiceof creating narrative oil paintings from observational drawings and photographs that she has taken. From these visual resources she constructs multiple-figure compositions depictingcommon people doing common things in common situations. By emphasizing everyday occurrences, the ordinary becomes extraordinarily interesting. The invented stories, executed with painterly, loose brush strokes, representmomentsin time, snap shots of life. Her work is inspired by that of EdgarDegas and Toulouse Lautrec,who were influenced by compositional elements found in Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. Thus she uses accidental cropping as in a snapshot and off-centered compositions to impart a sense of movement and immediacy. Degas’ influence can also be found in her depiction of scenes from contemporary life that emphasize human isolation. Like Degas, her intent is to create anatural, dynamic, or authentic environment that draws in the viewer enabling him/her to explore underlying social realities found in contemporary subject matter.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Chanda is a graduate of UCLA, and had the privilege of studying with Richard Diebenkorn, who greatly influenced her work. From there Chanda studied at the Sorbonne, exhibiting her work extensively in Paris where she lived for many years. She currently resides in Tucson.
Lisa Kanouse is a native to Tucson, Arizona. She studied Art and Design at Parsons School of Design in New York, then continued her education at the University of Arizona, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2000. Lisa’s unique style is influenced by Mexican folk art as well as her interest in classical European artists. In 2004, she studied tile mosaics, sculptures, and ceramics in Vincenzia and Faenza, Italy. She has also spent summers learning printmaking and woodblock techniques in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Lisa has explored many different media including mosaics, ceramics, woodblock prints, batiks, collage, silk painting, pastels, and sculptures. However, Lisa’s focus remains primarily on acrylic painting. Her subject matter ranges from local historical places in Tucson to abstract figures to detailed anatomy and the list goes on.
This exhibition runs from September 18th until January 1st, and is free and open to the public.