Lisa McCleary, b.1992, is an Irish-Australian artist currently living in New York. In 2015 she received her BFA Honours Degree from UNSW Art & Design Sydney and in 2018 completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree at Parsons, The New School, NYC. She has exhibited internationally with an upcoming solo show at Gallery MC, NYC and previous solo exhibitions Opened 1m Ago and #foreveralone at Palmer Art Projects, Sydney in 2015 and 2016. McCleary showcased her work in several group exhibitions in 2017, including: Wait….What? Yes., The Great Acceleration, Between, Unsentimental, and Recoded: Strategies of Queer Abstraction. In 2018 she was chosen as a winner of the RE:ARTISTE, Show Your World, International Juried Art Competition at Gallery MC, NYC. McCleary’s work has been showcased in several exhibitions in 2018, including: Art on 52ndSt., Growing Pebbles, The Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, Body Positive, Figurative Group Show and From Minuscule to Monumental at The Factory LIC, New York. In 2019, McCleary’s work will be included in exhibitions such as: Saturated: An Eye For Color, NYC, ANIRAM (94-17), BK, SMUT, NYC, The Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, WA and Representational Realism, OH. In 2018 she attended the Summer Painting Residency Program at Con Artist Collective and was a fellow of the Art & Law Program lead by attorney Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento at Cornell University, NYC. McCleary has been selected as a finalist for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award at Miami University 2019. She is currently undertaking the Trestle Artist Residency in Brooklyn and will attend the Vermont Studio Residency in 2019 for which she received the VSC Merit Grant.

Artist Statement

Through painting and sculpture my practice addresses haptic sensations and the representation and embodiment of touch. I create a space in which self-pleasure, abjection and the digital and real body are in play. I am interested in the pleasure of flesh and the way that that translates into our desire for our communication devices, and our tactile relationship to industrial materials.

Through the medium of paint I explore distinct aesthetics and capabilities of the flesh, to allude to autoeroticism. I explore mediated corporeality at turns rendering the body into an abject and sensuous landscape filtered through myriad screens.

I approach tactility, the indexical nature of imprints and manipulated flesh. The mark making by my fingers in this landscape are temporal traces of touch on a body. I consider the thin sheet of aluminium functioning analogously to the skin surface. My interest in sci-fi and fantasy has lead me towards visual imagery that appears as if otherworldly and difficult to pinpoint.

My practice responds to both femininity and queerness and how that can be pursued through the theatricality of color and the flamboyant. I am searching for a new system of pleasure that is both seductive and repulsive. My interests lie in rendering abject visceral landscapes on a flat surface; to mirror the way we receive images on the screen. While there may be representations of touch, there may actually be nothing to feel. I invite the viewer to question their sense of touch through proposing a space of reflection, how they touch themselves or cannot touch the work.

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