Lisa Wisdom

Lisa Wisdom creates her unique metal landscapes from a palette of Rust and Copper found on forays into the remoter parts of Cornwall. The distinctive scenes of wild moorland stretching down to the copper blue sea, evoke memories of coastal walks.

Although Lisa recreates her sketches as images in metal, frequently a landscape appears to her in the metal, as she finds it. Often starting as a patch of sky with a horizon line distinctly 'in' the found corrugated roofing sheet, she works on several images at any one time. The landscapes appear, layer by layer, using the colours and shapes that are naturally occurring within the state of rust and decaying metal. Lisa will use black and white charcoal pencils to define line, or create tonal variations to increase the perspective, but use of these is minimal. Rather, she will carefully select pieces of metal that speak to her of sky, wall, or vernacular building, that have light and tone in place naturally. The landscape thus composed is then assembled, initially using fire to scorch the wooden reclaimed ply-board backing. This creates the striking 'black' background. Using steel pins and hammer and anvil Lisa then attaches the layers to the board.