LIsa Joffe

Visual Artist

About me

Painting and drawing are physical acts that involve the body moving in space whether it is purely an arm gesture or an entire body movement.  Making images is often like moving or improvising in a space, in this case the space is the canvas or the paper. It is a chance to make a visual imprint or to travel across the surface using paint, charcoal, hands, sticks or brushes.  I see painting and drawing as a form of movement in space. Allowing the composition of a painting to emerge is a way of improvising just like improvisational movement or play.

Nature and the body are powerful sources of inspiration that stimulate my work and invite a direct response. Drawing and painting offer a way of exploring and understanding both these subjects in infinite ways. Rhythm and speed just like in dance play an important part in the joy of creating these images.

 

 

Making images is often like moving or improvising in a space, in this case the space is the canvas or the paper. It is a chance to make a visual imprint or to travel across the surface using paint, charcoal, hands, sticks or brushes. I see painting and drawing as a form of movement in space. Allowing the composition of a painting to emerge is a way of improvising just like improvisational movement or play.

Movement in Landscape

A video by Alun Callender, exploring my inspirations and approach to creating art

Lisa Joffe – Movement in Landscape from Alun Callender on Vimeo.

Landscape paintings

Texture, movement of weather, speed of down land contour, the shapes of the valleys, bays, and changing light conditions provide strong stimuli for the landscape paintings. They are an emotional response to the atmosphere, space and sheer physical quality of the place itself.

These paintings are usually made in the studio and are often drawn from memory and impressions of being in the landscape during walks in the Sussex Downs. Photographic images are also used at times to provide compositional reference or colour and light relationships.

They are very much about exploring the nature of paint, colour, and the rhythm of gesture.

Drawing the human body

Exploring drawing the human body is a continuous process of seeing afresh and responding to its dynamic life.

The drawings are records of the experience of observing the figure in active or implied movement.

They are usually black and white and often drawn in charcoal, ink and graphite. They are concerned with how the figure occupies and punctuates the space.

Drawing the human body is an attempt to capture it, to record the body’s lines and textures and convey its aliveness in two dimensions. This involves a continuous search and play with marks, smudges and smears to describe the qualities of bone, muscle, skin, flesh and the character of the body’s movement and presence.