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Lisa Qualls

 

Bio

 

Lisa received her BFA and BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She continued her studies in Fine Art and Design at Parsons and FIT in New York, NY and CISIM in Ravenna, Italy. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband, two dogs and an evil monkey.

 

Artist Statement

 

My work investigates identity and culture, and the way cultures intersect and interact. I am especially interested in what I call visual markers. Visual markers refer to the variety of ways that a group of people identify and distinguish themselves.  Within a social group, these markers are used to aid in social functions, boundaries, education and ritual.  To those outside the group these markers can be quite alien and evoke fear, wonder or curiosity.  I am interested in how visual markers can move from an originating group to another, retain the power of the visceral response, and yet transform in meaning and interpretation.

 

I explore these ideas in both macro and microcosms.  Listening to family stories and documenting them has inspired me to research these ideas on a much more intimate level.  Whether my focus is on peoples and history in the southern United States or the migration of Africans to Europe the reoccurring theme is the evolution of culture and society.

 

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