LizLessnerArtwork
My research and work focus on the embodied and multi-narrative qualities of gesture and sensorial experience. They explore the ways that physical computing, materiality, responsiveness, and interactivity engage with contemporary discourses on the body, communication, and identity. Gesture is the fulcrum of this work, leading to sculptures and installations that are relational and responsive. By incorporating interactive components and responding to viewers’ gestures the work creates physical relationships between viewers and objects, activates bodily awareness, and invites viewers to invent ways of interacting with the work that I have not conceived. I am influenced by Lygia Clark’s Sensorial and Relational Objects which use ritualized and focused gestural performances to reframe the processing of memories, inter-personal interactions, and conceptions of self. By prompting viewers to enact gestures my work bodily engages viewers in what Carrie Noland characterizes as emotional muscle memory. By calling attention to the sensory and evoking the viewer’s memories, these objects create unique relationships between my sculptures and viewers.
My work uses four techniques that reference gesture as a means of engaging the viewer’s bodily attention: representation, enactment, interaction, and responsiveness. These objects and installations use sensory perception to reframe interpersonal interactions. They combine traditional sculpture materials with embedded electronics to create multi-sensory experiences that are sometimes interactive. These works consider social feedback loops, popular narratives of desire, as well as mythology and nostalgia and the fetishism that both imply. They explore negotiations of power and status, authenticity and performance, and preconscious affinities and desires through forms that unsettle and attract.