Lisa Corinne Davis

1. — How and when you first met Harry Roseman —
I Met Harry on or about 1997 when I started teaching at Yale and became acquainted with his wife, Catherine Murphy. I believe we met at breakfast in the Colony Hotel in New Haven.

2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement.—
My paintings have developed out of an examination of racial and ethnic groups, towards an interest in our human desire to pin any information down to simple, uncomplicated, definitive statements and the choices we make in order to do so. The current paintings are layered with a dynamic swirl of visual information that shifts from suggestions of locations, to decoration, to objects and actions. The viewers’ decisions and understanding of what is seen is dependent on associations they bring to the works, and the connections inferred within them through systems of coordinates and orientations. The many potential visual connections causes meaning to shift, bringing into focus the slippery individual subjectivity that we all bring to understanding the various aspects of the world we live in, while pointing out how unreliable our understanding of things can be. The paintings are not about what we see in the world, but what we know (or should know) about it.

— July 2007


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