July 2 – August 21, 2005
I wonder how the mind decides which memories to keep. There are certain moments you can always return to, never knowing why. Not the graduations, births, and weddings, but the strange summer day where nothing ever seemed to happen.
The significance of these slivers of time is just as obscure as the remembered scenario itself. It seems odd and almost unsettling that you can still see the colors and feel the temperature of what was just another day.
I used to feel certain I was documenting something – a time or place in my daughter’s life; it was actually my connection to her world. I felt consumed by thoughts about our domestic space and my role within it. As time passed and I abruptly changed the familiar landscape there was a new twist. In her world I began to see my memories, my ordinary days, fears, and dark spaces. Now the stories overlap and fold into one another. The picture becomes a window, a mirror, and can root itself in the place where those fragments and slivers live.
Liséa Lyons is a NYC-based photographer who received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. In addition she studied photography at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA and earned her BA in English Literature at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Her photographs have been presented in solo exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay area at the Marx Zavattero Gallery (where her work is represented), the Diego Rivera Gallery, the Isabel Percy West Gallery at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and in group shows at the Scope Art Fair in Miami, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Texas A&M University in College Station, Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco, the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, and abroad at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan. Liséa’s work has been featured in Art in America, ARTnews, Photo Review, and Artweek. This exhibition marks Ms. Lyons’ New York solo debut.