Catching up with Lisa Nightshade

This past week at Jozi-Deep we had the pleasure of catching up with Lisa Nightshade who we did a piece on earlier last year an she was kind enough to share some of her latest work with us!

Bones And Wraiths

Bone entities held together by unknown gravitational forces, enshrouded in fabric.

These apparitions float over misty hills and lakes, trapped between the veils of reality and dream worlds. They are bones and wraiths.

I find foggy landscapes absolutely breathtaking. Wind and other sounds are swallowed by its density, and even time itself seems to hold its breath. The thought of lurking shades and wraiths pull my eyes and imagination further into their disappearing distances. These are the spaces where fables move from mouth to ear: The Loch Ness Monster, Banshees, Forest Fae, Slender Man. Anything can materialize from the fog, anything your imagination can think of. In the silence I imagine hearing the flapping of vast leathery wings or material whipping in a supernatural wind. I almost hear the clattering of a jaw, or the creaking of the grim reaper’s bony fingers as it reaches out to me. I find it comforting, and peaceful.

In my paintings I capture these emotions by applying a light layer of paint. I chose oil paint, because it is my absolute favourite type of paint. The backgrounds are light and almost see-through, with a few odd shapes coming into focus the closer it gets to the viewer, such as waves, ripples or maybe grass. The spectres are rendered in graphite pencil; which is my best-loved medium. I leave them suspended above the ground or water, with faint shadows, creating a surreal feeling of misplacement.

”The Moon, she hangs like a cruel portrait
Soft winds whisper the bidding of trees
As this tragedy starts with a shattered glass heart
And the Midnightmare trampling of dreams”

– Her Ghost in The Fog


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