Lisa Kurt: Somewhere in the desert there’s a forest
About The Exhibit
This exhibition is a series of paintings by Lisa Kurt, in which the artist has crafted miniature narratives of human fascination with nature, particularly animals, and animal-like creatures. Lisa continues to develop her own world that expresses the fragility, vulnerability, and personality of life. Inspired by the New England woods of her childhood, the wooded and damp world of North California and the Pacific Northwest, and her home in the high desert mountains of Nevada, she integrates elements of these landscapes into her works in various ways. Tumbleweeds in particular have become a new obsession; both novel and commonplace, these objects have become characters and hold a certain magic for the artist to explore. There is a focus within her work on the relationships and/or emotions of the characters within this world. Many of the characters within this work are an allegory; they often represent a secondary meaning such as a childhood memory, a story, an emotion, or a dream.
About The Artist
Lisa Kurt is an artist and illustrator living and working in Reno, NV since 2008. She grew up and lived in the Boston area, receiving her BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art.
Lisa works primarily with acrylics and mixed media on canvas or wood panels; her work integrates maps and other ephemera within her paintings. Through her work, she explores stories that involve people, animals, and creatures in mysterious settings, often incorporating nature and the unexpected. Her work entails traces of nostalgia, melancholy, and whimsical facets that allow a bit of mystery to remain. Lisa’s work focuses on themes surrounding childhood, nature, memory, stories, mythologies, allegory, and dreams.
Lisa has recently illustrated a new children’s book, Sarla in the Sky, published by Bharat Babies: https://bharatbabies.com/products/sarla-in-the-sky