48" x 21" x 23"
About the Work
This piece is part of a series of chairs called Diversity. There are 12 chairs and 1 highchair in the group. My intention was to bring together a diverse group of people at one table for the Philadelphia Flower Show 2020. This particular chair was made in part from an old chair that had been used by our family when I was a child. I fashioned it into a figure titled "Nonna"
Lisa began working in wire in 1978 after being inspired by Alexander Calder's film The Circus. While experimenting and teaching herself the properties of creating sculpture with line, Lisa's intent was to simplify as much as possible, using as little material as necessary, while still incorporating volume.
Learning to weld had a significant technical effect on Lisa's work. It opened up possibilities for functional sculpture as well as outdoor public commissions leading to major works at the University of Scranton, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts in Scranton, PA, East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA and the Arlington Public Library in Arlington, VA. She also completed projects for US Healthcare in Blue Bell, PA, Citizen Watch in Tokyo, Japan and was invited to show at the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA. / Life's Journey - Steel Sculptures by Lisa Fedon.
Throughout her career Lisa's subtle use of humor and allegory expressed a message that reflected her life. Her sculptures emerged from the void capturing spirit, where steel and mixed media utilized space, while the meaning and subject of her work evolved. Initially her focus dealt with friends and personal relationships. After having children, Lisa's concerns revolved around the family. Now that her children are grown, her focus pertains to society and the world. All the while, there is recognition of fullness within the void of her sculptures. A 9-month artist residency at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, supported Lisa's direction towards a simplification of form and a reflection of the influences of space as related to the spiritual within architecture.
Her most recent installation can be seen at the new Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons at West Chester University.
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