Massachusetts-born Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Lisa Esposito has enjoyed a 25 year career in higher education administration, research, and teaching. She has taught courses on ancient Greek and medieval philosophy; Buddhist philosophy; women philosophers; ethics; animal ethics; and philosophy of art.
A 2005 sabbatical leave was key in her development as a Philosopher-Artist. While doing philosophy research, she became aware of vibrant, abstract images accumulating in her mind’s eye. A self-taught artist, she began painting in acrylic on large scale canvases. In 2006 she gained representation through Hawthorn Gallery (Springfield, MO) and by invitation in 2008 she became a Signature Member of Women Artists of the Midwest. Dr. Esposito’s paintings have appeared in solo/group exhibits and juried shows. By invitation her artwork was included in the 2009 Trevisan International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Ferrara, Italy. Student and professional art groups have invited her to speak on “Abstract Expressionism and the Search for Reality.”
Inspired by early 20th c. Abstract Expressionism as well as Buddhism, Taoism, ancient Greek thought and New England Transcendentalism, her spiritually evocative artwork consists of vibrant, saturated colors and abstract images drawn from 25 years of research and teaching in Philosophy. Often, her paintings are philosophical reflections on Nature; solitude and spiritual interiority; and the moral-aesthetic actualization of the self.
Broadly, her artistic forms, design, and compositions fall into two styles. Lyrical Abstraction: Many images are completely non-objective. These free form abstractions are spontaneous, intuitive, introspective, enigmatic, and elusive. Not infrequently, these free form paintings depict movement between the past and the future and/or a transition from the empirical-material to the essential-spiritual. Linear Abstraction: Other images and compositions are curvilinear, patterned, and geometric. With such linear expressionism, crisply delineated strokes allow her to paint more intentionally; to articulate discrete forms with precision and control; and to expand her nascent system of narrative symbols.
As a Philosopher-Artist she continues to blur the boundaries of analytic and creative thought in her practice of the life of the mind. In her view, abstract expressionist art, a powerful vehicle for self-exploration, fosters one’s spiritual and intellectual development. Ultimately, Dr. Esposito celebrates the inherent value of living life as a meaningful journey of exploration and discovery.
“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.
The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”