In Persia, carpets were thrown down in the desert to create an ‘instant garden’ in the sand. This image is the first in an ongoing series called ‘The Instant Garden’ inspired by the ‘hand-made’ techniques and geometry of traditional crafts. These traditions are illusionistic and decorative, with an obsessive attention to detail that can be described as an ‘über-craft’: slow, ponderous, painstaking, illusion-making. This image is similarly constructed using repetition and piecework but instead of thread, the techniques of digital manipulation and construction that have emerged with new twenty-first century photographic software are used to make an image that bridges two traditions.
Lisa Creagh graduated from Goldsmiths in 1994, and more recently, with a masters in Photography from Brighton University. Between 1997 and 2001 she lived and worked as an artist in New York, teaching digital imaging and curating exhibitions. Upon her return she founded The Brighton Photo Fringe in 2003, a vital network of photographers, still running in conjunction with the Brighton Photo Biennial. As a producer and curator she has delivered large-scale photographic projects for international artists and delivered talks at various colleges . In 2006 she received critical acclaim for the originality and collaborative nature of ‘Tidy Street’ where she transformed a street in Brighton in to a series of lightboxes utilizing the windows of small terraced houses. Prior to her MA she was awarded two Arts Council, England Individual Artists Awards for exhibitions reviewed in photographic journals and featured on television and radio. Her current ongoing project, “The Instant Garden” was begun in 2008 and has been exhibited widely and was recently awarded a development grant by The Arts Council of England.