“Lisa Bartell’s art work struck me immediately. One cannot easily say why a work stands out as being sensual and why it moves the onlooker in a way that prompts them to say “I just have to have that.” I believe that one’s response to her art is at a visceral level where it is not so much cerebral as it is an attraction at a gut level. Having said that, I believe Lisa’s art is not only beautiful in its own right with color and texture but meaningful as well. It is not literal as just a pretty figure or flower but rather it is more abstract where one assigns meaning based upon what one brings to the work each time you look at it. It is what Bruno Bettelheim said about fairy tales for children. They are meant to be scary on many levels and yet beautifully written to keep us enchanted such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel”, just two examples. Children take from the story what they need depending upon their developmental age to work out fears and allow for resolutions of their fears when they are ready to do so in their unconscious minds.
So it is with art where one simply responds to a piece in different ways depending upon the day. Lisa’s art is like that. If you want to be simply entertained by just taking in the color, whimsy and texture it is there for you, and if on another day, you may want to interpret the way a particular figure is juxtaposed with another or why a flower is bent so out of shape that it no longer resembles a flower then that is there for you as well. This is the reason that I have been drawn to Lisa’s art. It is both beautiful and intriguing at the same time with nuance that allows her art to endure never getting tired or stale just as the Grimm fairy tales have intrigued young readers, as well as old, for so many years.”
Susan Antaki, Collector