“Everything you see has roots in the unseen world.” (Rumi)

My creative work explores the hidden complexities of our natural world. Much of my investigation has concentrated on beauty and threat, health and illness, and microscopic versus macroscopic perspectives. Over the years, the work has specifically addressed unchecked chemical use, ocean health, migration interruption, and disease. Ultimately, I am motivated by the tension in dichotomy, as well as the intersection of these larger issues with personal narrative.

My practice for many years has concentrated on the painted image, due to its fluidity of process, poetic silences, and its ability to crystalize transition. More recently, I have also been creating video work. In both cases, the concepts of movement and transience are key. 

For some time, I have been experiencing studio locations (sometimes quite remote) that provide rich content for my work: on top of a mountain in Arkansas, along the dramatic northeast Scottish coast, and near a raging river in the North Cascades of Washington State, to name a few.

Increasingly, I am pursuing opportunities that put me in contact with more direct scientific experience and data as well. In 2014, I assisted in fieldwork assessing coral health in the Cape of Eleuthera (Bahamas). Surveying patch reefs with a video camera and water resistant notepad in hand, my subsequent creative work became translations/meditations on these underwater ecologies. 

I’m an investigator at heart, and obsessively document flora and fauna, rarely leaving home without a camera. Despite all of the video footage and digital stills of the observable, I am particularly interested in aspects of our world that we rarely notice or cannot see. It is the forest floor, microbes, the line between water and air—these are the spaces (and their inhabitants) that particularly move me—making the unseen seen or the smallest of us, large.
Distortion, abstraction, shifting perspectives—these are central to the language of my work. I am interested in that tension between the graspable and the ill-defined. In the end, the work is an attempt to awaken others to humanity’s obligation to the natural world that supports us, challenges us, and gives us vitality. We are inextricably linked.
 -Lisa Tubach

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