Beyond the Bio: Lisa Krannichfeld

Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Watercolor artist Lisa Krannichfeld will be featured at Art City Austin: Art Alliance Austin’s 3-day art fair from March 31st – April 2nd at the Palmer Events Center.

Artist: Lisa Krannichfeld from Little Rock, AR

Primary Medium: Watercolor

Why do you make art?

Honestly, I make art to satiate an intense craving I have to create things. I have had this craving as long as I can remember. Making art is the thing that gives me the greatest joy, and at times, the greatest frustration. I have found that I just can’t ignore something that stirs up this kind of passion.  New challenges and new ways to express my thoughts continually motivate me to move forward with making art.  

What do you use to create your work?

Chinese ink, watercolor, acrylic, collage, resin mixed media paintings

How long have you been an artist and how has your practice changed over time?

I’ve been exhibiting as a professional artist for a little over 10 years. My work took a drastic turn about 4 years ago in where I switched from oil painting to painting with Chinese ink and watercolors. Throughout the past 4 years my compositions and mixture of materials have increased in complexity.  

What are you making now, and why? I’m currently working on a series called “Undomesticated Interiors” in which I paint female figures inside lavishly patterned interior scenes laced with untamed, aggressive connotations throughout the composition. The pieces are highly expressive and composed of a mixture of Chinese ink, watercolors, acrylic, paper collage, and cyanotypes.  These pieces were born out of my intent to contradict the flood of hyper-sexualized images of women bombarding society on a daily basis by creating female portraits that emulate strength, power, and aggression; characteristics I feel do and should pertain to women as much as men. As a creator of imagery, I aim to construct a new visual representation of the female gender in hopes that it transcends beyond the visual arts and into what you see when you look at a woman, and what a woman sees when she looks at herself. 

Why make the journey to Austin?

I’ve spent a tiny bit of time in Austin and as a lover of art and a lover of eating I am super excited to be coming back! It’s not too terribly far of a trek from Little Rock and I am really excited to soon be sharing my art with all you Austinites!

Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, as a member of Chinese family in the American South. Her experience growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions has greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. She grew up surrounded by women born into the mindset of service, taught to not indulge themselves, but to be humble, to avoid being bold, and to suppress – not express themselves.  Despite, or because of this upbringing, Lisa gives the women in her paintings a voice and an outlet. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women as passive subjects to gaze upon, and show instead their disinterested and at times defiant expressions. Breaking, or reinterpreting, traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolor materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials.

Lisa’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions nationally and internationally including shows across the southern United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe.  Recently she was chosen as the October 2016 cover artist for the international art publication, Fresh Paint Magazine.  In 2015 she received the Delta Award in the prestigious 57th Annual Delta Juried Exhibition showcasing contemporary American art from Southern artists. Her work has also won First Place in the 2015 Batesville Area Arts Council National Juried Exhibition, and the Juror Award in the 2015 Irene Rosenzweig Juried Biennial Exhibition. She has been named “One To Watch” in Saatchi Art Magazine and a “Woman to Watch” by Soiree Magazine in her home state of Arkansas. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections throughout her home state of Arkansas as well as in collections around the world.

Keep up with Lisa on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin, with the assistance of Scott Nyerges.