Lisa Genell was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1973 and graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts & Design in 2010 in Nelson, NZ.
Living in the South Island of New Zealand in rural Glenhope, Lisa’s studio sits high on a hill surrounded by 42 acres of pasture and native forest. She has chosen a more simplistic lifestyle with solar and wind turbine for power and natural streams and rain for water Lisa feels her art is stripped to a more simplistic aesthetic.
With her own personal journey raising children as inspiration, she draws from nostalgic moments in an attempt to alleviate the solace of ‘the empty nest’. Lisa uses imagery of children with flowers, animals and insects questioning young people’s view of the world, seeing a disconnection from nature with modern technology.
Lisa emphasizes this with her use of large white vacant space, creating a cavity to which her subjects float, this is the artist’s expression of the uncertainty of our future; it cannot be foreseen.