“I have always been inspired by the beauty and mystery of nature,” DiLillo says. “Since moving up to the Upper Delaware Valley area it has been the sole subject of my work.”
My photographic series entitled, “Before the Echo”, are reimagined landscapes created by introducing various sources of illumination such as smoke, sparks and fireworks into rural settings. I shoot these ephemeral elements in the woods at night throughout the year. I am interested in depicting not what can be normally seen, but an underlying visual potentiality using light, the facilitator and very essence of the photographic process, as a tool to visualize what one can only intuit.
The photographs capture liminal states and reference invisible processes where entities come into being, change form, or disintegrate. These lightscapes emerge from the shroud of the canopy in unpredictable ways and as a result my work process is one of chance and discovery. This unpredictability mirrors the volatility of nature itself, and foreshadows unexpected environmental transformations on our horizon.
– Lisa DiLillo, 2019
About the Artist
DiLillo earned her B.A. at Parsons School of Design and has lived in New York City and Sparrowbush, NY. DiLillo’s videos have been exhibited widely in such venues and festivals as Reina Sofia National Museum of Art in Madrid, Memling Museum in Belgium, and Rotterdam Film Festival.
Her photographs have been exhibited at CLAMPart Gallery, Thierry Goldberg Projects, and Momenta Art, among others. She has been awarded an Electronic Arts Grant, a Jerome Foundation Grant, and residencies at The Experimental Television Center.
For more information, visit her website at lisadilillo.com
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.