Bermondsey Gallery proudly presents the work of America-born artist Lisa Cirenza, launching in its premises on December 1st. Currently based in London, Cirenza produces work using a hybrid between digital and traditional mediums in search of the connective tissues that bind humanity in a peaceful coexistence. Pushing pigments and pixels on two dimensional surfaces, the artist expresses the urgency and significance to seek and cherish human connectedness in an increasingly disconnected world. According to Cirenza, “art has a crucial role of slowing people down”. Perhaps to slow down in a rapidly accelerating world that offers immediate access to information and thus, demands the continuous engagement of one is subversive against a normalised social order that holds one oblivious to alternative narratives. Through her work Cirenza strives to visually expose people to questions and so, explore those alternative narratives instead of instantaneous answers that hold us passive and disconnected.
In her series Cuba (2018) she celebrates the diverse energies of the masses which make up the foundation of a peaceful co-existence that Cirenza discovered and captured during her artist residency in Cuba. Going beyond an American Cold War narrative that infiltrated her growing up, Cirenza spent time emancipating herself from such imposed political narratives and exploring beneath the surface of those. Similarly, in the series Beneath the Surface (2016-18) Cirenza strives to peel back the layers of socio-political assumptions, exploring the concept of art transforming conflict through a series of paintings and prints that reveal her stylistic roots in cubo-futurism and colourist painting.
Cirenza has exhibited her work in Kyoto, New York City, Silicon Valley, Edinburgh, Paris, and London. Her work is held in state, corporate and private collections in Japan, France, Finland, the UK, Canada, and the USA.
You can find Cirenza’s work on www.cirenza.com