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The work in Bergant Koi's ongoing Departure series depicts indeterminate spaces. In this series she explores visual perception and the effects movement has on it. She thinks about how our eyes dart to collect information as we move through space and how this physiology contributes to creating a personal version of reality. In that regard, she considers her paintings to fall under the banner of conceptual realism.
While a passenger traveling in a car, she sketches snippets of the landscape as she moves through it. Her paintings are the result of an accumulation of select lines and shapes from these drawings combined with non-representational color. The process is dictated not by any foreseen conclusion but by an intuitive search for exactly the right result. In working toward this elusive outcome, she finds herself pulled toward using lines and shapes that are not quite identifiable and somehow skewed; the more peculiar, the better.
The words lyrical, calming, disturbing, and phantasmagorical have been used to describe her paintings, all descriptions she finds fitting.
Lisa Bergant Koi holds an MA (painting) from Illinois State University and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. She has exhibited nationally and has work in both private and corporate collections. She is a member of both the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.