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Lisa A. Frank

"As an observer of nature, I am repeatedly stopped in my tracks to wonder, "How in the world did this happen?" My intention is to capture my wonderment and love for the mysteries of woodland environments in a way that forms connections for viewers."

Lisa Frank has been influenced by early natural history painting. Before the advent of photography, scientists and artists alike combined myth, observation, and varied levels of artistry to document the natural world. Drawn directly from nature, subjects seemed keenly observed but were often imaginatively interpreted. Frank's artwork mimics this fanciful tradition.

These tableaux are staged scanographs composed in the studio. Using an ordinary scanner as a camera, Frank places plants and flowers directly on the scanner glass. A small scaffolding is built over the scanner bed to suspend objects such as textiles and handmade paper, creating a greater depth of field and opportunities for enhanced lighting effects.

Lisa Frank holds an MFA from the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she now works as a lecturer. She has an extensive background as a working artist in New York City, where she designed wallpaper, textiles, and innovative surface treatments for residential and commercial interior projects. In 2013, she was invited to teach photography at the Penland School of Crafts.

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Pearl Oyster Mushrooms
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Market Mushrooms with...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Stilleven Specimen Panel
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Floral Tapestry Specimen...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Specimen Panel with...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Conservatory Specimen...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Craftsman Specimen Panel
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
These, I, Singing in...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Ironwork Specimen Panel
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Kingdom of Fungi Specimen ...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 3,200
Farmers' Market Festoon
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 850 - $ 1,150
Early Autumn
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 1,250
Daylily with Pomegranate...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Fiddleheads
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Wildnight
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Jack-in-the-Pulpit with...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Dutchman's Britches...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Jack-in-the-Pulpit with...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Mushrooms on Textile
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Bloodroot Diorama
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Lactarius Mushrooms with...
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Woodland Night
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Morels with Tulip Petals
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Troutlily Diorama
Color Photograph
by Lisa A. Frank
$ 300 - $ 600
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Arts Institute Award for 2011, Madison, WI USA, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute, 2011