Artist Biography:

LISA BEARD is a fine art photographer who also enjoys creating mixed media work and writing. She was born and continues to live in Woodstock, IL where she is also a high school teacher. Throughout life, Lisa has been drawn to art, especially photography, that tells stories. From an early age, Lisa has been an avid reader and was told she had an “active imagination;” this influenced her to complete her BFA in English and to pursue teaching. While teaching high school English, Lisa re-discovered her love for storytelling and creating art by making pictures, especially through conceptual and editorial work and also through exploring and researching the history behind places and objects left behind.

Much of Lisa’s signature work contains elements of juxtaposition, often through light and dark imagery, beauty and destruction, and the idea of illusion versus reality. These conflicts work together to convey representations of paradoxical feelings and emotions. Lisa also enjoys writing, as she is in the process of writing two books, Abandoned America: Abandoned Illinois and Abandoned America: Abandoned Wisconsin, to be published in 2018 and 2019.. She also enjoys using her original photography to create mixed media art.

 

  Acme Coke and Steel Plant, Chicago: January 2017; Photograph by Nate Johnson

Acme Coke and Steel Plant, Chicago: January 2017; Photograph by Nate Johnson

  Photographing inside of City Methodist Church in Gary, IN. Photograph by Nate Johnson, Winter 2015. 

Photographing inside of City Methodist Church in Gary, IN. Photograph by Nate Johnson, Winter 2015. 

  Self-portrait at the now-demolished Buckstaff Furniture Factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. April 2016.

Self-portrait at the now-demolished Buckstaff Furniture Factory in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. April 2016.

"The Sesame Street House"; McHenry County, IL. February 2015.

Self portrait. Checking out the abandoned property that ended up being the location for the Yellow Glove Series "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" shoot; McHenry County, IL. Spring 2016.