Lisa DiClerico is a mixed media artist living and working in Queens, New York. She received a BFA in Restoration from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and continued post-baccalaureate studies in art history and restoration in Florence, Italy. Her background includes fine art painting, sculpture, ceramic art, and studio furniture making.
Collected through years of work as a furniture conservator, a mental library of surfaces and restoration concepts permeate my artwork. Combined with deep interests in industrial landscapes and words, my painting explores history, labor, construction, decay, and resurrection.
My current work examines weathered billboards and lacerated NYC subway posters as living documents of ever-changing environment, neighborhood, society and self. I acknowledge the beautiful, accidental compositions existing in the framework of these structures and the extraordinary dècollage created by environmental factors and human interference. History reveals itself through layers of ad media remnants, adhesive, and blank space as affected by age, weather, and people. Graffiti commentary, both legible and hidden, lends messages- at times cryptic, political, poetic, or personal- intended to trigger poignant memories and critical thinking.