“slices and bits” is a series of A4 to A3 size delicate artworks made from layered pieces of paper and wood glue. The paper is sliced, torn, scrunched up or punched through, and hand coloured in places using watercolour paint and pencils. My exploration in each artwork is to push basic design elements in a particular direction in an attempt to find their magic. Each piece is carefully sliced and constructed by hand and has small imperfections. I experiment with many different types of paper and card during the construction process. The parts that I cut out and the holes that remain are used in different ways across each artwork and a lot of the visual discovery happens by chance.
The subject matter of these artworks are a very special cast of characters that grow tenaciously in a sloped and rocky garden right outside my studio. This steep site was previously a neglected dumping ground for all sorts of leftovers. But since 2017 I have slowly reclaimed and nurtured it into a thriving indigenous garden which forms a vital breakaway space to explore and dream in at anytime of the day. I have found that putting aside time to look after this ensemble of gracious leafy tutors has filled my eyes with music and taught me to listen to the stuff in the background. To be in the moment. To be kind and gentle and patient.
I try to express these wondrous green leafy lives in my artworks. I hope you enjoy them.
Lisa Younger obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art (with Honours) from Wits University in 1994, where she majored in performance studies and theatre design / scenography. After graduating she worked as a freelancer in varying scenographic design capacities and helped to create the visual worlds for numerous live performance pieces and television programmes. From 1997 to 2002 she designed productions for The National School of the Arts and was the resident designer for The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative.
In 2006 Lisa established and began working as Activate Space, an interdisciplinary design studio based in Johannesburg, and extended her design practice to include the supply of interior and narrative design services. Between 2004 and 2017 she was the associate interior and narrative designer at Activate Architecture.
From 2016 to 2019 she attended open studios at The Fine Arts Workshop.
In June 2015 she took part in a two week long group exhibition and workshop, entitled Ultracontemporary Emergency Art, hosted at The Museum of African Design (MOAD) where participants were invited to contribute art works daily in response to ongoing social issues.
In November 2018 she exhibited her first two paper artworks at the Starts Exhibition.
Since 2018 she has been growing a new body of paper art which she calls Slices and Bits. In May 2021 she showcased this work at End Street Studios as part of the August House Open Studio.
In her spare time she dreams and works in her garden.
Web site: http://www.slicesandbits.co.za