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Deus Misereatur
Watercolor, ink, and acrylic on paper

Statement: As a woman who is drawn to work from the Medieval period, I wonder about many things, such as what it must have been like to be a female scribe 1,000 years ago, and if that would even have been possible in a society in which womenís voices were not often heard. Iíve also often found that my script has a certain fluidity to it that is quite different from the script in the old manuscripts, and Iíve often wondered if that is simply because Iíve never really seen another womanís writing in them; most of the books dedicated to or commissioned by women were still illuminated by men. Virginia Woolf said that women must construct ďa womanís sentenceĒ in order for their voices and their writing to be genuine, and that is one of the ideas present in my work, which is essentially prayer expressed in a visual form.

 

Bio: Lisa Bell is an honors graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Painting, with a History of Art minor, focusing on Early Christian and Medieval Art. Her work is a fusion of these two fields of study, combining illuminated manuscripts, and texts taken from traditional liturgy and Scripture, with heavy, visceral fields of color. It is essentially a marriage of Medieval mysticism and blood-and-guts faith existing in the present moment, which is where time touches eternity, where prayer and human longing touch God. The resulting illuminations are as heavily rooted in centuries old manuscripts as they are in the world in which we live, and move, and have our physical being. Lisa currently lives and works in Hartford, CT.

 

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