Considerations of Space & Self: Lisa Wicka

In the Fabrefaction Gallery
(June 6th-July 12th)

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6th 6-9pm
1145 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608

Through explorations of internal/external spaces and the body as a mediator, I consider the malleability of the self.  The self is always in motion, shifting, growing and changing.  Through the breakdown and rebuilding of both constructed architectural spaces and the human form, I mimic the everyday filtering and application of our surroundings to one’s self. My choice of materials and techniques become a direct reflection of my personal spaces. Materials such as wood, sawdust, charcoal, wax, enamel and gold leaf allow me to maintain connections with my past while simultaneously becoming structural elements of my present.  This work becomes a tangible exploration of my surroundings and acts as a surrogate self inviting personal reflection and attention to one’s spatial relationships.

Lisa Wicka received her BFA from the University of Central Florida and her MFA from Purdue University. Her work has shown both national and internationally in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Mexico and Edinburgh, and Sweden. In 2012, she was awarded a summer residency at the Ålgården workshop in Sweden and a residency at Sparkbox Studios in Canada in 2014. She was awarded the Granville Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters for her mixed media sculptural work, exhibited in the Andy Warhol Museum May 2013. Most recently she completed three street art pieces for a public art project and her work was written up on Wicka’s work is in the permanent collections of Southern Graphics Council, Mid America Print Council, Oregon State University, Ohio State University and Purdue University.