Lisa Daria Kennedy

"I’ve been making one small painting every single day for the last 3100 days.
After eight years I have no intention of stopping. Having cancer as a young adult, I discovered living is not just surviving.
At age 29, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After six rounds of chemotherapy, one month of radiation, and now, years of monitoring to make sure I’m still cancer free, my perspective has changed. Young and faced with an existential crisis, I questioned, who am I? What does it all mean? Psychologically, existentially, transcendentally - what can a life amount to? I was acutely aware of all the time I’d wasted and the things I put off - like painting. But, like a lot of artists, I had trouble working up momentum. After all I had been through, the idea of starting an artistic project and failing was terrifying. I had a moment of clarity and pared the creative process down to this one idea - show up for the job. In 2009, I resolved without excuse to wake up every day at five and I paint. The small, intimate paintings of everyday subjects seek to give a voice to the fiber of the everyday."

Lisa Daria Kennedy grew up along the northeast edge of the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts. Since 2009, she has committed to an on-going daily painting project. Kennedy received a BA from Roger Williams University, and a BFA and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Currently she is the Design Editor for the literary publication, Mount Hope, and an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.

Lisa had a solo exhibition at out Gallery on December 9, 2011. See images 'here'.

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"Footing"
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Mermen and Double Rainbows"
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Outer Harbor"
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Outline"
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Still"
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Un-ravely"
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Seaside II."
acrylic, 4"x4"

 

"Seaside I."
acrylic, 7"x5"

 

"Natural Order VI."
oil, 24"x24"

 

"Natural Order IX."
oil, 24"x18"

 

"Natural Order VII."
oil, 24"x18"

 

"Natural Order VIII."
oil, 40"x30"

 

"Salt Marsh I."
acrylic, 4"x4"

 

"Salt Marsh II."
acrylic, 4"x4"

 

"Figs"
acrylic, 12"x12"

 

 

"Concord I."
acrylic, 6"x6"

 

"Concord II."
acrylic, 6"x6"