Lisa Lapointe draws upon spiritual, religious and indigenous mythology in her art. There is also an obvious connection with the primitive, but the colours are futuristic. Lisa looks deep within herself and draws upon her own inner psyche, which she sees as a vibrantly coloured geometric world. She translates this world into a totally original prismatic language resulting in powerful transcendental-like imagery – chaotic yet serene. Each piece is meticulously drafted and itself becomes a form of meditation, and the hours of hand colouring large-scale works, or carefully painting her totems, in turn becomes a spiritual practice. The end result is unashamedly optimistic.
‘All my works are offerings back to a spirit – to give thanks for my ability to create. For my life,’ she says. ‘More and more I find it so important to consciously connect to this intention of offerings – whether it be drawing or sculpture. It helps me to stay grounded and be grateful for the life I have.’
What also interests her are the undercurrents of human emotion. The energy of a situation found in an action or a comment or a song. Every moment and place, every person and sentiment, is transformed into a visual language – the shapes are the words and the colours are the emotions.
Lisa Lapointe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW, College of Fine Arts. She lives on Sydney’s northern beaches.