Lisa Munnelly

Lisa Munnelly

Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Lisa Munnelly is an artist and writer whose practice examines the relationship between mind, matter, action and form. With a close and constant study of materiality, Munnelly employs mark-making and repetition to enact, analyse and celebrate different materials, and their capacity to both perform and transform.

  • Expertise

    Drawing, installation, material processes, pattern construction.

  • Research Highlights

    White Cube/Black Box, 2011
    Reflecting upon the experiential effects of recent changes in museum lighting, Munnelly created a kind of twilight world located between the brightly lit spaces of the traditional museum and the darkened theatres of its contemporary. This work was created specifically for LUX 2011, a group exhibition of national and international artists, designers and architects who employ light and technology.

    Slowburner, 2010
    Solo exhibition of large charcoal drawings that presented the temporal, spatial and corporeal dimensions of drawing. Using her body as measure, Munnelly marked out (and in turn was marked by) the Hirschfeld Gallery interior. The four day process of drawing Motherboard was open to the public as Munnelly aimed not to conventionally re-present an image or idea, but rather to operate in the immediate tense, to present energy, time and space on visual terms.

    Dialogues in Proximity, 2010
    Dialogues in Proximity, an experiential enquiry into the time of drawing, was a paper in which Munnelly discussed the shift from figuration to abstraction in her drawing practice. This deliberation upon the past and present tense in drawing, was published by AUT University in volume four of Studies in Material Thinking, which focused on theoretical and disciplinary approaches in art and design that challenged or relocated ideas on drawing.

  • Qualifications

    BDes (Massey University)
    MFA (Massey University)