Lil­lian Black

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Con­tem­po­rary Cana­dian vis­ual artist Lil­lian Black has a bach­e­lor of fine arts de­gree and a back­ground in de­sign. Th­ese multi-dis­ci­plinary cre­ative en­vi­ron­ments have en­abled her to ex­plore many artis­tic medi­ums and tech­niques, and find her pas­sion and fo­cus in paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy. "My cre­ative process is one of trust­ing a method of im­me­di­ate ac­tion and in­tu­itive re­ac­tion, in both paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy. Liv­ing here on the beau­ti­ful west coast of Canada, there is never a lack of in­spi­ra­tion." The­mat­i­cally, Lil­lian is in­trigued by the elu­sive, enig­matic heart of the sub­ject and drawn to­wards the vis­ual sen­sa­tion of lush colour, mono­chrome, graphic de­pic­tion, all as col­lec­tive parts of the whole. "I find th­ese char­ac­ter­is­tics in na­ture, in the cre­ative ethos and iconog­ra­phy of world cul­tures and in the count­less mi­cro­cosms within the world around me," says Lil­lian. In Lil­lian’s paint­ings, vis­ual sug­ges­tions that caught her eye are now con­nected to a new place, a new spirit, fil­tered and re­de­fined as she dis­cov­ers the heart of the sub­ject through paint and move­ment over the sur­face. Along with uti­liz­ing brushes and un­con­ven­tional tools and ob­jects, she tends to use her hands pre­dom­i­nantly to ap­ply the medium, rapidly mix­ing paint and raw pig­ment di­rectly on the can­vas as in­tri­cate

de­tails and unique char­ac­ter­is­tics emerge. It is es­sen­tial for that tac­tile pres­ence and as­so­ci­a­tion to be there to deepen and en­rich the com­plex spirit and ef­fer­ves­cence of the sub­ject. Un­like her paint­ings, where the imag­i­na­tion al­lows one to ex­pe­ri­ence the work with an un­re­stric­tive frame of ref­er­ence, the in­ten­tions of her pho­to­graphs are spe­cific, the im­ages ex­ist­ing in a pre-de­ter­mined frame­work. The graphic el­e­ments of form, shape, colour and mean­ing are dis­tinct and de­fined. The sub­ject mat­ter that she is in­ter­ested in pho­tograph­ing is a con­stant chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment, of­fer­ing it­self up for ex­plo­ration. "I al­ways have my cam­era with me, and if I see some­thing that con­tains strong vis­ual el­e­ments I usu­ally pick up on it quickly, right at that mo­ment, and shoot fast. Be­cause in the next se­cond, it might not be there ex­actly how I ex­pe­ri­enced it, par­tic­u­larly in na­ture, where light and move­ment are ephemeral."

above, Mal­ca­puya Is­land, acrylic on can­vas, 16" x 20" right, Totem Pres­ence, archival metal­lic photo print, 11" x 14"

Waimanalo In Jan­uary, acrylic on can­vas, 16" x 20"

Men­den­hall Glacier, archival metal­lic photo print, 8" x 10"

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