Lisa Wisdom creates unique metal landscapes from a palette of rust and copper found on forays into the remoter parts of Cornwall. The distinctive scenes of wild moorland stretching down to the copper blue sea, evoke memories of coastal walks.
Though Lisa recreates her sketches of real places as a metal picture. Frequently a scene appears to her in the metal as she finds it. Often starting as a patch of sky with a horizon line distinctly ‘in’ the found corrugated roofing sheet. Working on several at any one time, the landscapes appear, layer by layer, using the colours and shapes that are naturally occurring within the state of rust and decaying metal. Lisa will use black and white charcoal pencils to define line, or create shade to increase the perspective, but use of these is minimal. Rather she will carefully select pieces of metal that speak to her of sky, or wall, that have light and shadow in the right place naturally. The landscape thus composed is then assembled, firstly using fire to scorch the wooden reclaimed ply board backing, providing the striking ‘black’ background. Using steel pins and hammer and anvil Lisa attaches the layers to the board.
Lisa trained at Birmingham School of Jewellery, then the National School of Blacksmithing in Hereford. She extended her knowledge of metals still further at a stint in a silver mine in the French Alps, and later went on to become a travelling Blacksmith in the Uk, France, North America and Canada before heading home to Cornwall. Working in the 200-year-old forge of a disused quarry near Mabe, she creates her unique Metal pictures and a small range of interior ironwork.