Perception: Panel Discussion - Moderated by Lisa Adams

Panel Discussion:

Perception, simply defined can be an intuitive understanding and insight, a mental impression derived by means of the senses and mind. This panel discussion will address the artist’s perceptions of their work as pertains to what they see in the world around them and where they see themselves in the world. Do these two notions align in the work? Reflecting on the artist’s influences, choices in materials and techniques open a dialogue on how we internalize the external. In Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s essay “Eye and Mind,” he hopes for us to understand what it means for a human being to be ”in” the world. By turning the lens away from the work and onto the external influences, the panel hopes to broaden the discussion and generate a discourse that embraces the complexity of perception.  


Jenny Donaire, born in Managua, Nicaragua, Jenny Donaire migrated to Los Angeles at the age of 7. She received her B.Arch. from Woodbury University and her MFA from California State University, Northridge. Her work investigates the relationship between architecture and fragility. Using typical construction materials, wood, concrete, plaster, large-scale photographs, and found objects, there is an interplay between the physicality of the objects and materials and the ephemeral nature of the seemingly permanent built world.

Ashley Hagen was born and raised in Ames, IA. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from California State University Northridge. Play is important in her process of uncovering metaphors of home and self, fantasy and reality. Her work delves into the underlying resonance of childhood: limitlessness, inventiveness, mystery, imagination, adventure and possibility. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, including shows at Western Project, Andrew Shire, The Prospectus, University Art Museum in Long Beach, Art Platform, Juried by Ali Subotnick of the Hammer Museum for Boom, The Irvine Fine Arts Center, Deborah Martin gallery, Galerie dei Barri, Cerritos College Art Gallery, and Palais Ferstel in Vienna, Austria. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Emily Sudd lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She holds an MA in ceramics from California State University, Northridge (CSUN); and is currently an MFA student in ceramics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her sculptures combine ceramic objects such as collectible figurines and functional ware in structures that engage in conversation with still life, narrative, and abstract painting; postminimalist sculpture; hierarchies of materials; and the life of the kitsch object. 

Elizabeth Tinglof, a native Californian, lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design and her MFA from California State University, Northridge.  Exhibiting locally for many years, including Berman/Turner Projects Gallery and Robert Berman Gallery. Elizabeth is interested in the exploration of materiality and process. She creates an alchemist fusion of painting and sculpture resulting in richly layered abstract objects that function, first, as a deconstructive conversation and evolve to one of reconstruction. Along with her studio practice Elizabeth volunteers as a photojournalists for non-profit organizations documenting the after effects of such disasters as, the Gulf oil spill in 2010 and the after math of the 2010 Haiti earthquake of which she still documents for the UCLA-HGD Project. 

Moderated by Lisa Adams:

With a B.A. in painting from Scripps College in Claremont, California and an M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University, Lisa Adams is the recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright Professional Scholar Award, a Brody Arts Fund Fellowship and a Durfee ARC Grant. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at numerous art fairs throughout the United States and is included in private and public collections such as Eli Broad, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, the Laguna Museum of Art and the Edward Albee Foundation. In addition to her studio practice, Lisa works on public art projects, which have included the Chatsworth/Orange Line Metro Station, Fire Station No. 64 in Watts and the West Valley Branch Library in Reseda. In 2000, she co-founded Crazy Space, an alternative exhibition space, in Santa Monica, California where she curated both local and international exhibitions. Ms. Adams is represented in Los Angeles by CB1 Gallery and she currently blogs on Los Angeles art for the Huffington Post.