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Flood Tide 38x40
Wind and Rain 36x48
Glass House 300dpi_5293
In the Most Beautiful Life 24x36
Toward Yellowstone 24x36
Me in studio
August, 2017I work from the idea of environments that are real, imagined and inherently unstable; inspired by natural phenomena, fragments of memory, unexpected encounters. Walking in the landscape is central to my process. One thing leads to another. Painting is like walking through time while standing still. With every mark and step come concurrent feelings of peace and disquiet.
I take multiple photographs, then combine and manipulate these images using photoshop or a collage method; applying inkjet prints directly on the painting surface. Occasionally I create an environment in the studio, using a small aquarium as a contained space. I combine inkjet prints, water, ice, glass, and projected light, then photograph the results. The combination of images in a composition creates a new narrative about place and time. Making paintings with multiple layers of color and detail enables me to enrich and prolong my experience - to enter an unpredictable world of memory and protean beauty.
SOLO EXHIBITIONSHostetler Gallery, Nantucket MA / 2017Graficas, Nantucket, MA / 2015, 2016, 2017Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket, MA / 2012, 2013, 2014South Wharf Gallery, Nantucket MA / 1996 thru 2011David Findlay Galleries, New York NY / 2003, 2005, 2007Chase Gallery, Boston MA / 1998Gallerie Lumiere, Savannah GA / 1997The (x) Gallery, Nantucket MA / 1995Main Street Gallery, Nantucket MA / 1988 thru 1994
GROUP EXHIBITIONSPH21 Gallery, Contemporary Photography / Budapest, Hungary 2015C.M. Russell Museum, Montana / 2014, 2015National Weather Center Biennale, Norman Oklahoma / 2013, 2015Spirit of Place, 40th Anniversary Photo and Video Contest, Maine Media Workshop, Rockland Maine / 2013Art Takes Times Square, New York, NY / 2012TruthinBeauty, Vyner Street Gallery, London England / 2010The (x) Gallery, Nantucket, MA / 1990 thru 1994The Old Rectory, Shropshire, England / 1999Earth and Fire Gallery, New Orleans LA / 1996
AWARDSStudio Visit Magazine 2014, 2015Spirit of Place Photography and Video Contest / 2013Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VTFellowship 2000, 2002Arts in Embassies, Washington DCTwo year Traveling Exhibition 1994-1996
REPRESENTATIONHostetler Gallery, Nantucket MA
“Wilson-Liljegren’s uncanny gift is to make what is invisible visible - what is evanescent enduring - what is inaccessible accessible. Sometimes her paintings levitate; sometimes the vibrate with energy; all of them shimmer with a lightness of being. The weight of time is offset by the drama and urgency of the quickly vanishing moment.”