I was visiting the South Square Vegetarian Cafe & Gallery the other day, along with Cardigirl who was doing a review, for HowDo magazine, of the cafe and its wonderful food. On display within the Cafe Gallery, at the present time from 20th April – 20th May, is the work of painter Lisa Naylor, the 2011, recipient of the Joan Day Bursary annual award.
‘Prey’ is Lisa’s solo exhibition of medium size paintings and smaller mixed-media/prints. The subject explored in Lisa’s work sometimes appears ‘fairytale like’ but with a very dark and disturbing undercurrent, echoed in titles such as ‘Bondage’ and ‘Forced’. The artist writes that “Currently my work approaches the subject of control, being made to conform to what is expected of us. Objects that appear in my work represent the idea of a subject being made to perform, of being controlled, in a way not natural to them. I am exploring expectations of performance, entrapment and the balances between freedom and domination. My work explores fear, violence, particularly within this so-called social recession, the supposed influx in violent behaviour and deterioration of society and morals. I am interested in exploring social and political ideas and concepts through painting.” Lisa Naylor
Lisa was Born in Bradford, 1983 and is a painter and illustrator and you can learn more of about her and her work here.