Lianne Wappett is a visual designer and artist who teaches at the University of Idaho in the School of Journalism and Mass Media. Her areas of expertise include creative concepting, graphic design, copywriting, digital experiences, public relations and marketing campaigns. Her most recent artwork was exhibited at MANA Contemporary Chicago and at the International Sculpture Center. Recently she received a fellowship to study contemporary art and design in Beijing and Xi’an, China. Her research investigates the cultural connections and affective atmospheres art and design generate in public spaces, online communitites and in formal spaces like art galleries.
Finding moments of unexpected discovery delight me. My work explores rules and social norms both in and outside of the gallery that create the unexpected. I use playful materials and colors to make my work approachable, almost childlike. At times, viewers have ‘ah-ha’ moments where they recognize the material or the patterns or the connection between title and work. My goal is to create interactive, experiental moments between viewer and artwork, unmooring emotions to form bright spots or unexpected moments of personal insight.