Still Chasing is a collaboration between ceramic artist Kuno Egger and visual artist Lisa Lipsett, partners in life and art. While not over-romanticizing what it means to stick together for 30 years, these artists pour colour on the black and white of routine. Theirs is a loyalty to a shared love of an art filled life.
PRESS RELEASE: Still Chasing- New show of ceramics and paintings
Partners in life and art Kuno Egger and Lisa Lipsett are launching Still Chasing their show of fresh ceramics and painting. A follow up to last year's Chasing Bliss, it is the first show of the fall season at Salt Spring Gallery. While not romanticizing what it means to stick together for almost 30 years, these artists pour colour on the black and white of routine. Theirs is a shared love of an art filled life.
Lipsett likes Egger's work when it is unfired- soft and vulnerable with dusty baby powder blue and fleshy iron oxide. Egger was inspired to try a fresh approach this time around. "Before now my ceramic art has been all about form and my glasswork was about colour. Lately I have been inspired by Lisa Lipsett's paintings to take my ceramics to a more colourful place. I like the way she uses layering, the way she adds material and then removes some or nearly all of it, the way the end result is often completely different from the beginnings. Such a process is harder in the world of ceramics mostly because of the constraints and unpredictable alchemy inherent in taking the final product up to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet going down that road has allowed me to approach the world of abstraction and to push the boundaries of what is considered a pottery finish. I will always want to make "lovely pots" but for me creating this collection has been like a long term relationship, an adventure in a mysterious and sometimes scary land".
Lipsett has been panting for over 20 years, and works in acrylic, oil stick and water media building layers on wooden panels with cold wax. She likes to scrape down to get at the start of things, build up an understanding and let the painting slowly come clear. She starts very loose then slowly embraces and discards elements in turn until the chase ends and there is a stillness and satisfaction in what has been born. She plays with the tension of opposites like oil stick and water colour on the theme of fire and water.
Lipsett shares, "we enjoy the challenge of working away in our separate spaces and then visiting each other to be inspired by new shapes, textures and colours. We dance between independent creating and direct engagement. Just like marriage."
Still Chasing opens with a wine and cheese reception Friday Sept 8 from 5-7 with the artists in attendance. The show runs until Sept 20th. The gallery is open 11-4 daily.
Still Chasing I - acrylic, water media, ochre, pastel on wood 9"x 12"