Lisa Traxler


‘Traxler responds to the weight of remembered experience, creating an environmental autobiography – a sense of self and place, intimately connected. Through this form of memory-mapping, Traxler has been able to extend her practice in new directions, from life-sized enamel and steel sculptures, to ephemeral stitched paper installations alongside her customary textured paintings.

‘She challenges the concept of self within a space, dissecting the idea through rich colour punctuated by geometric forms and portals through paint and the sculptural form. Her vibrant abstract paintings of acrylic and graphite on canvas paved the way for most recent works of vitreous enamel on steel. There is a tension between the nature of the materials used and their transformation into sculpture – paintings in space.

‘Her most recent body of work consists of large-scale steel and vitreous enamel sculptures. These begin as delicate paper maquettes that are constructions of small clusters of individual sheets that are deftly cut and torn, coloured with paint and delineated with graphite. There is a lightness and poise to these objects that suggest they capture a fleeting, transitory moment of vision. The revelatory nature of her compositions in space embodies Traxler’s journey from the canvas to the factory and echoes the journey that she has embarked upon in her own life. She lives in an environment where anything seen in her surroundings can trigger an imagistic, compositional or painterly response.

‘For Traxler, a picture is the experienced, felt and intuited world – a connection with her own immediate surroundings and way of life.’

(Jonathan Parsons – ‘Space Lived’)