Throughout history, and irrefutably still to a degree today, the story of women has been told by men. The voice of women, the depiction of women, the desires of women, were and are largely controlled by a gender that has no experience or knowledge of what it is to be female. Our government, film, and advertising industries have fewer women at the table to be representatives of who women are and what we desire. This certainly has consequences as to what women even believe themselves about who they should be, what they should value, and how they should project themselves. This work aims to shift the perspective to a woman telling a woman’s story. Girls and Guise references a play on words. In this context, guise references both the façade created by men of the female gender and the heavy emphasis of the patterned clothing in the pieces. Their clothes, or guises, and environments are infused with feral and aggressive animals, a symbolic rebellion against the historical docile and domesticated depiction of women. The jarring, faceless compositions represent any and all women who desire to define their own perspective and create their own narratives.
Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR living an interesting cultural confluence of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Her materials include Chinese ink and watercolor used in an uncontrolled, free-flowing way mixed with unconventional materials including collage, cyanotype prints, and resin.
Lisa’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally including shows across the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe. In 2018 her work was chosen as the grand award winner in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Her work is included in private and corporate collections around the world.