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Patterned Lineage: Unpacking the Trousseau


June 1st, 2012 - June 30th, 2012

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Selections from Lisa A Turngren’s series Patterned Lineage: Unpacking the Trousseau are showcased here at the New York Public Library, Inwood branch, as part of the Uptown Arts Stroll, an annual event where “artists and other local leaders use art to build a sense of community between the diverse population and language groups that call Northern Manhattan home.” Turngren was awarded a 2012 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Creative Grant that, in part, funded this series.

This series emphasizes the experiences of women through generations, utilizing the passing down of objects, and explores what these objects symbolize personally and culturally while examining traditions that may be passed down on a more universal and unconscious level.  These elements coalesce as a graphic representation of our past and present depicting the inherent and inherited gender and social norms, ideals and traditions of women through time, underlining the differences, oblique similarities and recurrences that exist across cultures.

Linens with their memory-ridden stains and the gender roles they implicate become a part of us and are indicative of patterns created and repeated.  Collage elements depict shadows of an inherited acquiescence that is simultaneously delicate and eternally resilient.  Decorative paper fragments alternately float over and appear printed in the collages to give a sense of permanency.  Graphite rubbings of inherited utensils and flatware leave contorted impressions, and sewing patterns metaphorically represent behavior patterns.  Bits of text create the beginnings of conversations that are enhanced by paint and crepe tissue to make fruit (fertility, purity), flowers (femininity), and superheroes (strength, power, caretaking) visceral.  

Lisa A Turngren is a New York City based mixed media artist whose formal undergraduate training (Tyler School of Art) is in painting.  Her work is informed by her graduate studies in clinical social work, psychoanalysis and art therapy and is process oriented and relies on stream of consciousness and chance allowing her to explore both personal and social (unconscious and conscious) issues that relate to gender, femininity and social norms.

Turngren's work will also be included in the Uptown Arts Review©, a group show at NoMAA Gallery
178 Bennett Ave. (at 189th St.) – 3rd Fl.

Open Mon.-Fri., 11am-5pm INFO: 212.568.4396  
Opening: Thursday, June 7, 6-8pm

Curated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Roundtable discussion with featured artists on Wednesday, June 20, 6pm

Her collage "2-way Mirror" appears on the cover of the summer 2012 issue of Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society.

As part of the Patterned Lineage series, an installation of mixed media on handkerchiefs will be exhibited at AMP Gallery in Provincetown MA in August

For more information about the art in this exhibition, contact Lisa A Turngren at



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