LISA QUALLS

Lisa Qualls is a native of Baton Rouge and resident of Houston, TX. Her work has been exhibited in numerous locales across the United States including Texas, New York, Oregon, New Jersey and North Carolina, among others. In 2011, Qualls received a Fellowship Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and was a Hunting Art Prize Finalist in 2010. In October, 2010, her work was also featured in the Strawmen and Sugarbones Catalogue.

Qualls' work explores the ways that cultures interact and intersect by investigating what she calls "visual markers." This term refers to the "variety of ways that a group of people identify and distinguish themselves." While such markers might aid in social functions, boundaries, education and ritual for those within a social group, they may appear quite alien and evoke fear, wonder or curiosity in those outside it. Specifically, Qualls focuses on the ability of these "visual markers" to move from one group to another while retaining the power of the visceral response and transform in meaning and interpretation. She explores these ideas in both macro and microcosms, often focusing on the peoples of the southern U.S. and the migration of Africans to Europe with the reoccurring theme of evolution of culture and society.

Artist Member since 2012

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin

Bedroom Landscape with Self-PortraitWatercolor, colored pencil and acrylic on paper, 7" x 9", 2013

Dissected Yellow Rose, Purple Tulip   Photograph on watercolor paper, 20" x 16", 2014

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