My creative work explores the hidden complexities of our natural world. These referential, yet invented spaces frequently blend personal narrative with larger issues of environmental challenge. Much of my work has concentrated on related dichotomies: beauty and threat, health and illness, and microscopic versus macroscopic perspectives. Over the years, the work has specifically addressed issues of unchecked chemical use, migration interruption, and disease. Most recently, my focus has concentrated on ocean health, with a particular dedication to coral communities.

To provide intimacy with these ecologies, I have pursued field work volunteerism to glean scientific method and data. Recent efforts include coral surveys through the Cape Eleuthera Institute (Eleuthera, Bahamas); extensive invertebrate observation--including nemertean collection-- and the employ of a newly-purchased microscope at the Friday Harbor Laboratories (San Juan Island, Washington); and most recently, coral field work and observation of live coral via the confocal microscope at the Gates Coral Lab (Oahu, Hawaii), where researchers are hoping to develop a "supercoral" to withstand the Age of the Anthropocene.  
Exploring the painted image for many years, I continue with this process due to its poetic silences and ability to crystalize transition. I have also been creating video work, and regularly use video footage for my painting practice.  In addition, I'm compiling what I'm currently calling The Coral Documentation Project--a video archive representing as many reefs as possible. 

I’m an investigator at heart, and obsessively document flora and fauna, rarely leaving home without a camera. Distortion, abstraction, shifting perspectives—these are central to the language of my work. I am interested in how these qualities reflect our ever-evolving sense of knowledge and perception, our confusion about solutions, and the inescapable, teetering balance between the graspable and the ill-defined.
With adoration and anxiety at the root of my actions, my work has become a form of documentation of what we are losing and what we need to preserve.  It has become a quiet call to action.

--Lisa Tubach

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