Lisa Brice / More Wood for the Fire

About

Lisa Brice’s exhibition More Wood for the Fire shows the artist’s most recent body of work, which deals with her ongoing relationship with the island of Trinidad, where she has worked extensively since 1999 in workshops, residencies and group shows. Brice looks at the physical, and psychological landscape of Trinidad, and questions her connection to the island.

The work was conceived and partly produced in Grand Rivière, a small village on the north coast where the artist has recently acquired land with the intention of building a studio. This landscape allows Brice to access ideas around her growing awareness of nature and its impact on local architecture, and becomes a space within which the artist can reconcile her own history with her present position. This is perhaps most evident in the work Studio Jungle, which was inspired by photographs taken in 1968 (the year Brice was born). A photograph of the École des Beaux-Arts by Bruno Barbery had particular relevance for Brice, as it reminded her of Michaelis School of Fine Art in the 1980s, a time in South Africa when art was often used as a tool for political protest. The connection she felt with the image, and its correspondence to her own history, whilst in sharp contrast to her rural studio at that time, reminded her of the proliferation of hand painted signs found in both the urban and rural landscape of Trinidad, used to relay information, whether of a political or celebratory nature. Brice juxtaposes these related yet contrasting realities by incorporating both the landscape and the cityscape of Trinidad into the image. In Jungle Studio the studio has become a jungle, and the posters have become ‘trini posters’ – a prevailing reference throughout the body of work.

Brice also uses the landscape as a way of accessing many of the issues present in her previous work: gender, violence and identity. A few of the figure studies come from a 1968 issue of Playboy magazine, but the figures have been painted in jungle-inspired settings and moods. Colour has been used in a symbolic way; the female figures, for example, are often rendered in pinks and olive greens, which are the colours of the plants used to establish the boundaries between properties in Trinidad. In this way, Brice alludes not only to the complexity of gender relations in Trinidad specifically, but also to the role of women in society in general.

Thus the exhibition straddles her experience of both the socio-political issues surrounding Trinidad and of her own South African history and identity, and presents an intriguing dialogue of this internal debate.

  • Jungle Love - She Alone

    Lisa Brice

    Jungle Love - She Alone, 2009

    Ink On Linen

  • Water Floating By

    Lisa Brice

    Water Floating By, 2009

    Oil On Paper

    42 x 29,7 cm

  • Like Ting Push Fire

    Lisa Brice

    Like Ting Push Fire, 2009

    Oil On Paper

    42 x 29,7 cm

  • Jungle Love - Black

    Lisa Brice

    Jungle Love - Black, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    50,8 x 40,6 cm

  • Studio '68 - '86 (After Bruno Barbey, Paris May '68 - Magnum)

    Lisa Brice

    Studio '68 - '86 (After Bruno Barbey, Paris May '68 - Magnum), 2009

    Ink On Linen

    121,2 x 152,6 cm

  • Studio Jungle

    Lisa Brice

    Studio Jungle, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    121,2 x 152,6 cm

  • Lorse Away

    Lisa Brice

    Lorse Away, 2009

    Oil On Linen

    50,8 x 40,6 cm

  • Ten Years Gone- Gr

    Lisa Brice

    Ten Years Gone- Gr, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    121,2 x 152,6 cm

  • House Maco Gr, Bd'S Blue

    Lisa Brice

    House Maco Gr, Bd'S Blue, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    121,2 x 152,6 cm

  • House Maco Gr, Noon

    Lisa Brice

    House Maco Gr, Noon, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    121,2 x 152,6 cm

  • The Moon Has Water

    Lisa Brice

    The Moon Has Water, 2009

    Ink On Linen

  • A Better World Is Possible

    Lisa Brice

    A Better World Is Possible, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    121,2 x 152,6 cm

  • Long Daub

    Lisa Brice

    Long Daub, 2009

    Ink On Paper

    29 x 40,5 cm

  • Hook, Line and Sinker

    Lisa Brice

    Hook, Line and Sinker, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    51 x 20,5 cm

  • Beach Romeo

    Lisa Brice

    Beach Romeo, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    50,8 x 40,6 cm

  • Pale Jungle Romeo

    Lisa Brice

    Pale Jungle Romeo, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    50,8 x 40,6 cm

  • C & Jungle Knock About

    Lisa Brice

    C & Jungle Knock About, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    50,8 x 40,6 cm

  • New Bran Crossing Over

    Lisa Brice

    New Bran Crossing Over, 2009

    Ink On Linen

    123 x 75,9 cm

  • Giving Ma Outlines I

    Lisa Brice

    Giving Ma Outlines I, 2009

    Oil On Trace

    27,5 x 39,5 cm

  • Giving Ma Outlines III

    Lisa Brice

    Giving Ma Outlines III, 2009

    Oil On Trace

    27,5 x 39,5 cm

  • Giving Ma Outlines IV

    Lisa Brice

    Giving Ma Outlines IV, 2009

    Oil On Trace

    27,5 x 39,5 cm

  • White Rain Coming

    Lisa Brice

    White Rain Coming, 2009

    Ink And Gesso

    31 x 40,5 cm

  • Rain Falling

    Lisa Brice

    Rain Falling, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    46 x 35 cm

  • Agouti Lookback
  • Tief A Wine

    Lisa Brice

    Tief A Wine, 2009

    Oil On Trace

    29,5 x 19,5 cm

  • Jungle Study

    Lisa Brice

    Jungle Study, 2009

    Ink On Paper

    41,5 x 29,5 cm

  • Ol' Fire Stick Hook

    Lisa Brice

    Ol' Fire Stick Hook, 2009

    Ink And Gesso

    101,5 x 75,9 cm

  • No Wherian - I Hear You

    Lisa Brice

    No Wherian - I Hear You, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas Board

    20 x 15 cm

  • Saga Boy - Fronting

    Lisa Brice

    Saga Boy - Fronting, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    20 x 15 cm

  • Ning Ning

    Lisa Brice

    Ning Ning, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas

    25,4 x 20,3 cm

  • Star Boy Dead

    Lisa Brice

    Star Boy Dead, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas Board

    25,4 x 20,3 cm

  • Leh Go Bea's

    Lisa Brice

    Leh Go Bea's, 2009

    Ink And Gesso On Canvas Board

    25,4 x 20,3 cm

  • T & T: 1

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 1, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 2

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 2, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 3

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 3, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 4

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 4, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 5

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 5, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Sold

  • T & T: 6

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 6, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 7

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 7, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 8

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 8, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 9

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 9, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 10

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 10, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 11

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 11, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Sold

  • T & T: 12

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 12, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

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  • T & T: 13

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 13, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

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  • T & T: 14

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 14, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

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  • T & T: 15

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 15, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 16

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 16, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Sold

  • T & T: 17

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 17, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Sold

  • T & T: 18

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 18, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 19

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 19, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

  • T & T: 20

    Lisa Brice

    T & T: 20, 2009

    Archival Giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper

    17 x 22cm

    Edition of 5

    Available

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