Artwave - Lisa Barnard
Lisa Barnard lives at 8 Paddock Road. She is, amongst other
things, a photographic artist. I know this because I’ve
been to her house to see her work. Lisa is taking part in
Artwave’s Open House season, in which you are invited
to snoop around artists’ houses and studios and check
out their work. You can have a look at the books on their
bookshelf, if you’re really nosey. It’s great.
The first thing Lisa does was to fix me a whisky. The second
is to show me some Japanesey pots, made by a friend of hers
that is also exhibiting. Or they might have been sculptures.
Or deluxe ashtrays. I am invited to hold one. It looks like
it is going to be heavy, but it is surprisingly light. It’s
a raku pot. "It’s a fast dramatic firing technique,”
She then shows me some large square contacts of the work she
will display. She works with a plate camera. "Everything
is much slower,’ she says, ‘so it is more like
creating a piece of fine art than taking a photo. It’s
a very quiet process." She had been to Ashdown Forest,
and photographed some trees, in varying stages of blurriness.
“It’s inspired by theories from psycho-aesthetics,”
she adds, when pressed. “A piece of artwork is a three-way
triangle, linking the viewer, the producer and the piece of
work. It’s very autobiographical.” She tells me
the critic Margot Wadell has written an essay about her photo
technique, which she promises to send me. “I shift the
plate of the camera, which has the effect of disorienting
the viewer,” she says.