The World of Paradoxes
Paintings by
Lisie S. Orjuela


New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT


Artist Reception: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Exhibition: March 15 to April 30, 2010
crows inside
2008, oil on canvas, 75"w x 20"h
"The world of paradoxes currently engages my attention," writes Lisie Orjuela. "Our interior territories, with the struggles and contradictions of the soul, the spirit, the psyche, and the mind is a vast, complicated, and intriguing field. The attempt to understand and be consciously aware of this, motivates me and drives my artwork. My paintings integrate and weave thoughts, feelings, and experiences into an avenue in which to tap into, explore and inhabit these bewildering paradoxes. I use the format of diptychs and triptychs to accentuate the underlying sense of disruption, disconnection, abstraction, which is juxtaposed with continuity, fluidity, connections.

"I work in a way that reflects natural life; in a slow organic process each painting is created. The paintings are created with multiple layers of paint, visual textures, rich earthy colors, as well as human and animal forms. The figures tend to be a central part in most of the work, dissolving and coming out of the surrounding ground, interacting with it, and being a part thereof. The paintings change and evolve continuously as I work on them, as layers cover and reveal some of the earlier stages. I work with oil paints, oil bars, and oil pastels on stretched canvas. Most of my current work is approximately 4 and 5 feet square."
flowershells and honeycombs
2007, oil on canvas, 60"w x 63"h
Originally from Argentina, and now a resident of Trumbull, Ms. Orjuela holds an MA from New York University, and a BFA from Andrews University, Michigan. She also attended the Art Students League in NYC. She began her teaching career in Mexico in 1986 as an Assistant Professor of Art at the Universidad de Montemorelos, where she later served in 1992 and 1998 as Visiting Artist and Lecturer. She has taught Studio Art, Art History, and Museum at such schools as Hunter College High School, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. She has lectured in Mexico and at St. Paul’s Chapel on the campus of Columbia on the development of early Christian and sacred medieval art, and on Spiritualism and Feminism.
(un)rooting
2006, oil on canvas, 62" x 62"
Ms. Orjuela’s artwork is in the collections of the Art Students League, NYC; McHenry College, Crystal Lake, Illinois; and the Museo Carmelo Fernandez, San Felipe, Venezuela. She has been active in open studio exhibitions at Roz Liebowitz Studio, NYC; at Brickbottom, Somerville, MA; and City Wide in New Haven.

Lisie Orjuela is a co-founder of A+LL, the Arts + Literature Laboratory artist co-operative in New Haven.

She has had solo shows at: Pegasus Gallery, Watching, Middletown, CT, Andrews University Art & Design Gallery, (un)rooting, Berrien Springs, MI, MacDonough Gallery, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT, Zeitgeist Gallery, Connecting Points, Cambridge, MA, Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Connecting Points, Hackensack, NJ, Torrefazione Italia, Boston, MA, Moira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery, Recent Work, Hamden, CT, Center for the Creative Arts, Edges, Yorklyn, DE, the York Square Cinema Gallery in 2002, the Kansas City Art Center Mallin Gallery; East Central University Gallery, OK; IAO, Oklahoma City; and Galeria Eleanor Jackson, Montemorelos.

blown through
2009, oil on canvas, 65"w x 65"h