Wilderness Mind: Dissolving Duality


Nancy Lissaman earned her B.A. in history from Stanford University. Always intent on becoming an artist, she began her studio studies at the Carmel Art Institute. She started working in a 3-D format, employing reflective metals and Plexiglas to capture the essence of natural movement in space.

After continuing her study of materials, special mentoring from sculptor Claire Falkenstein and a year in the Arts and Technology program at Caltech, Lissaman developed a series of interactive cast resin ceiling-to-floor sculptural hangings. Her work gained recognition with a solo show in 1974, inclusion in a prestigious national New Talen Invitational and participation in exhibitions at LACMA and The Baxter Gallery.

A vast increase in the price of resins shifted Lissaman's focus back to the 2-D surface. Subtle manipulation of color and energetic patterning influenced by direct observation of energy in nature allowed her to give the viewer a perceptual feeling of movement in space. She continues to work on paper and canvas, enlarging the content of the surface with collaged elements. Her feeling for nature remains her major concern.

Aside from active involvement with community organizations and art groups going back 40 years, Lissaman also maintained a teaching career in education.