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The paintings in Lisa Bergant Koi's ongoing Departure series depict indeterminate spaces.
As a passenger traveling in a car, she sketches snippets of the landscape as she passes through it. In the studio, a layered accumulation of lines and shapes carefully selected from these drawings, along with nonnaturalistic color, form the foundation of her paintings. She finds herself pulled toward selecting marks that are not quite identifiable or feel somehow skewed, in fact, the stronger the sense of peculiarity they add to the piece, the better. Her process is dictated not by any foreseen conclusion but by an intuitive search toward an elusive outcome.
The physiology of visual perception also figures prominently in her studio practice. We do not experience the world first hand in still images. As we move through space, our eyes dart from one thing to another (observing, collecting information, satisfying our curiosity), and the composition in her paintings tends to reflect this. In this regard, she considers her work to fall under the banner of conceptual realism.
Lisa Bergant Koi holds an MA (painting) from Illinios State University and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. She has participated in local, regional, and national exhibitions, and recently had work juried into the upcoming 20th International Open at Women Made Gallery in Chicago. Since the first of the year, she has had a two-person exhibition at Bar Marco, as well as a solo show at Point Park University. Her work is held in both private and corporate collections.
She is a member of both the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.