The starting place for my work is decades old found photos. The stillness of a photo belies an anticipation to know what happened before and what is to come next. These images are a literal look back but also force the viewers to evaluate the present and future.
The act of transforming a photo into a painting with both traditional brush strokes, as well as allowing the paint to pool and move, serves to expose and transcend the nature of the materials. This process reflects my intention to modify and reduce the details of the image.
My paintings seek to capture attempts to freeze moments and the inherent flaws in doing so. While my work often contains a sense of stillness and quiet found in photos, memory is in constant motion, changing, evolving or disappearing. My work explores this unstable and easily altered medium we so heavily rely on. Ultimately, I attempt to discover if these absences of details allow for the images to resonate with more clarity and depth.
Lisa Golightly received her BFA in studio art from the University of Arizona. Her work has appeared in exhibitions throughout the West Coast and Northeast and has appeared in Luxe Magazine, Huffington Post, Colorado House and Home Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal’s Art Guide, among others. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.