EMULSION East City Art Regional Juried Show

The Fridge Presents Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s Intimate Network


Photo Courtesy the Fridge.

Photo Courtesy the Fridge


Opening Reception:  Saturday, February 2, 7pm to 10pm.
Artist talk and live mural painting: February 16, Noon to 2pm.


On view through February 24

The art in Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s Intimate Network prompts an examination of intimacy and relationships. The artist chooses to paint people from her life that unravel the boundaries between the personal and political. Lisa Marie lives openly as a queer individual, and her work documents her networks of family and friends within the LGBTQ community. The subjects assert ideas about civil rights, marriage equality, polyamory, and gender identity while also disclosing a profoundly private look at the inner workings of the artist’s life today.

For this series, Lisa Marie uses rainbow palettes in large oil and pastel rich portraits and small color-network pattern drawings that reference her controversial 2009 public mural Boxer Girl painted at 1st & W Streets NW and funded by the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities.

She has adopted the familiar process of seating subjects to create her portraits. Hours spent with the subjects bring out telling self-referential gestures and movements. The resulting works give the viewer a sense of familiarity with the subjects.

Her newest portraits are on large wood panel. Lisa Marie leverages natural textures such as knots and creases to drive the form of her works, and emphasizes the raw emotions of her subjects by primarily painting in negative space. She began to paint on wood while in residence at 1440 Main Street in Ferdinand, Indiana in 2012. 1440 is a 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse, home to Keith Fritz Fine Furniture.

About Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Lisa Marie Thalhammer grew up around travelers while working at her family-owned truck stop east of St. Louis, MO. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Lisa Marie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with Honors with double minors in Women Studies & Art History from the University of Kansas in 2003.

Lisa Marie moved to Washington, DC in 2004 where she currently lives and works. She soon became well known for her Girls with Guns series. Boxer Girl, her first major public artwork, was covered in local and national publications, such as MSNBC Washington and ARTNET NEWS.

Solo exhibitions include Welcome to Lizard County at G Fine Arts (reviewed by The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper) and Lizards Live at The Butcher’s Daughter Contemporary Art in Ferndale, MI. Recent showings in international art fairs & festivals include PULSE and No Soul for Sale in New York City and Aqua Art at Miami Art Basel. The artist has also shown with Transformer in Washington, DC and at Manifest Equality in Los Angeles, CA.

Lisa Marie was featured on the cover of the Washington Blade’s 30 Under 30 (2008) and received a Ponies Choice Award for Best Visual Artist from readers of Brightest Young Things (2011).

The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street SE.  Visit the gallery online at www.thefridgedc.com







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