Artist Floor Talk: Lisa Jansen [cancelled]

event date: 
Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

Join artist Lisa Jansen for a guided tour of Smile. Walk away. and discussion of the themes and motivations behind her exhibition on Saturday 17th November from 1-2pm. Free, no bookings required. Light refreshments provided. Hearing loop and wheelchair accessible. Suitable for all ages.

Smile. Walk away.

Sometimes, when walking past others, I smile. To me it’s a simple act of courtesy, an acknowledgment of the shared presence of two people at a certain place at a certain time and gesture of our common humanity. However, despite the good intentions behind the act of smiling is not always received as a positive gesture. Rather they are often interpreted as an affront, an attack, a sign of violence from which others recoil. 

Smile. Walk away. is a gestural response to the ways that people react to smiles in the public sphere. Using textiles and pattern, the exhibition explores the aesthetics of chaos and order, order and feelings of security and exposure that smiles in the public sphere can conjure. It is also a reflection on smiles as a positive gesture; as a powerful human expression of hope, happiness and compassion that has the ability to break people out of their own bubble of existence.

Lisa Jansen

Lisa Jansen is an emerging visual artist based in Warrnambool who works across sculpture, painting, textiles and installation. Her practice is primarily focused on how individuals seek to create coherent order when confronted by chaos (both physical and psychological). Jansen holds a Bachelor of Science (RN) (Deakin University) and a Diploma in Visual Art (South West TAFE). Her practice is informed by her experience working in the healthcare industry as a Nurse and her travels through Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Australia. She has exhibited in-group exhibitions at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, South-West TAFE and the Lighthouse Theatre. Lisa is the recipient of the 2017 Peter Lucas Memorial Art Prize is an annual award sponsored by the WAG that provides a student from the SW TAFE with an annual mentorship and exhibition space, providing invaluable support for emerging artists and a platform to launch a career in the arts.

Image credit: Lisa Jansen, fabric assemblages (detail), 2018.