Lisa Munnelly

Lisa Munnelly

Senior Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design

Lisa Munnelly is an artist and writer whose practice examines the relationship between mind, matter, action and form. With a close and constant study of materiality, Munnelly employs mark-making and repetition to enact, analyse and celebrate different materials, and their capacity to both perform and transform.

  • Expertise

    Drawing, installation, material processes, pattern construction.

  • Research Highlights

    Writing upon Dirty Edges and Clean Lines, 2018
    Published in Performance Research Vol. 23:2, 2018 Performing, Writing. This essay reflects upon the artists earlier drawing performance at BATS theatre Wellington which cast the frame as an interface where things come into contact, rub alongside, off and against one another.

    Three Turns, 2018
    A collaboration between Lisa Munnelly (drawing), Oli Blair ( projection) and Gus Garside ( music)

    Three turns  operated on a simple script – over 25 minutes the artist to trace the perimeter of a sheet of paper as it moved through a succession of folds, the projectionist to  capture and project these movements and  the musician to coax from the instrument sounds to mirror the unfolding lines.

    From the void, the night: A drawing-writing correspondence, 2017
    Co-authored by Lisa Munnelly and  Jen Archer-Martin for IDEA Journal 2017: Dark Space.
    A visual essay by that via a series of letters  reflected upon  creative practice ‘dark knowledge’, material agency, and the unknown.

    Dirty Edges and Clean Lines, 2017
    A collaboration between Lisa Munnelly (drawing), Oli Blair (projection) and Simon Eastwood (music)

    The multi-media drawing installation Dirty Edges and  Clean Lines presented the blank page as both a surface to draw upon and a stage on which to perform.  The exhibition opening as  a live performance involving drawing, projection and sound, was followed by a month long exhibition period  which saw the artist returning to the gallery each week to install a new work. 

    DRAWN, 2017
    A collaboration between Lisa Munnelly and technical engineer Angus Donaldson for Lux Light Festival Te Ao Marama (2017). Drawn develops 2D drawing into 3D form. In presenting a minimalist form swathed in layers of undulating pattern, the installation continues the artist’s signatory play upon contrasts of economy and excess.


  • Qualifications

    BDes (Massey University)
    MFA (Massey University)