Lisa Iglesias is an interdisciplinary artist and makes a variety of objects and gestures, regularly using drawing and painting as lenses through which to process the world. Meticulous mark-making, repetition and de-contextualization of imagery are all mainstays of her practice and hark to Lisa's interests in futility and time. Curious about a range of durational qualities–whether related to raising a child, colliding materials together, or marking a line, Lisa Iglesias engages with these various temporalities through image, process, and association. By working with canvas, paper and graphite, video, concrete and fibers, Lisa interrogates drawing and painting as expansive sites for inquiry and collaboration.
Lisa Iglesias's visual research also materializes through collective projects with her sister, sculptor and Assistant Professor at University of California San Diego, Janelle Iglesias. As Las Hermanas Iglesias, the two make work that reflects their Dominican/Norwegian heritage, disrupts discipline categories and often encourages audience participation. In addition, the sisters independently and collectively collaborate with their mother, Bodhild Iglesias. Recent projects with Bodhild include the translation of drawings into knit paintings and wearable sculptures and suits that Bodhild knits in measure with their bodies. Lisa collaborates from afar with her familial team and recently served as as participants in the Textile Art Center's Artist in Residence Program Cycle 10 in Brooklyn, NY in 2019.
Through individual and collaborative works, Lisa Iglesias's goal is for the viewer to consider both various forms of time as well as the act of collaboration–whether with another person, community, architectural space or material.
Lisa Iglesias was born and raised in Queens, New York, received a BA from Binghamton University and MFA from the University of Florida. She has been an artist in residence as part of her independent studio research at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Virgina Center for the Creative Arts and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, among others. Her collaborative efforts have brought her to residencies including the Fanoon Center for Printmedia Research in Qatar, the Abrons Art Center Social Engagement Residency in New York City, Arizona State University, Stoneleaf Retreat in Kingston, NY and 6ARI in Tasmania, Australia. Iglesias has exhibited at various spaces including VisArts Center, 1708 Gallery, No Foundation, El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art, the Islip Art Museum and the Orlando Museum of Art. Lisa participates as a mentor in UF's University Multicultural Mentor Program and volunteers in UF's First-Generation Advocate Program. She was named 2015 and 2019 "Teacher of the Year" for the College of the Arts, received a SEC Visiting Faculty Grant in 2015 and a College-level Excellence Award for Assistant Professors in 2016. The Architecture and Fine Arts Library recently acquired over fifty books focusing on work by under-represented communities through Lisa's 2016 Library Enhancement Grant. Iglesias's UF International Center Global Fellowship facilitated her recent research in the Dominican Republic, Finland and Malta over the 2017/2018 year. Lisa is a recipient of the University of Florida 2018-2020 University Term Professorship Award and an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Latin American Studies.
Lisa divides her time between Gainesville and New York City. To learn more, visit www.LasHermanasIglesias.com