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Lillian Warren investigates the relationship between the contemporary urban environment and cultural values – the uncomfortable transitory spaces of today’s cities. These sites are anonymous and featureless, but familiar. They are the endless acres of concrete, the relentless snake of traffic and the absurd commercial street corners. These “landscapes” are decidedly not beautiful, but mirror our culture’s obsession with mobility and convenience, comfort and security.
While the artist experiences the same uniformly banal environment as we do, she is transforming these disjointed impressions of a “drive-by” landscape into a study of presence and absence, of dislocation and intense focus, of perception and memory. At times she seems to take a perverse pleasure in depicting these cheerfully dissonant images full of an absurdist reality.
Lillian Warren’s traffic-scapes, and mixed-media drawings are quite new in concept and reflect a heightened sense of social awareness and engagement with her urban landscape.