Ferns

by Lisa Congdon

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Artist Statement

I am a self taught painter and photographer. Many of my paintings and photographs are arrangements of objects, both real and imagined. When I was a child I began collecting things, and by the time I was in my twenties, I was spending weekends perusing flea markets and antique malls looking for small treasures. Simultaneously, from the time I was about eight years old, I developed an interest in arranging and displaying my collections. In hindsight, I realize that my need to collect and arrange were born of the need to both find comfort and create order in a world that felt unwieldy and sometimes out of control. I enjoy the experience of taking everyday objects that might seem boring on their own (old erasers, bread tags, boxes of staples, matches) and creating beautiful, textured visual imagery by clustering those objects together on an imaginary grid, usually by color. My interest in arranging things neatly has been a consistent theme in my work since I began painting, drawing and taking pictures in my thirties. My paintings often elevate mundane, ubiquitous, sometimes obsolete objects into conversation with symbols from nature and the supernatural. I am particularly interested in eliminating complexity and detail in my subject matter, and in stripping things down to their essential forms.

Why We Love It

"There’s something so daring about the colors Lisa chooses here, each one being just a click or two off their most common incarnations … the pink is dusky, the yellow is warmer but not quite ochre, the white has a hint of creaminess to it. Each color is worth considering on its own, and then combined to amazing effect via Lisa’s layers of Scandi-inflected forms. Irresistible!" ... Read more from Jen Bekman on the blog!

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Museo Portfolio Rag

Lisa Congdon

Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful and spirited paintings and drawings. Over the past decade, she has worked for clients around the world including MoMA, Comme des Garçons, Crate and Barrel, REI, Harvard University, Chronicle Books, and Simon & Schuster Publishing, among many others. She is the author of seven books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and she is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the... Read More
Way You See the World. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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