Waiting Room of a Psychologist and a Neurologist


Pigment print on acid free cotton paper in artist's frame Variable sizes (see captions)

Variable installation

Edition of 3 + 1 AP complete installation

Edition of 5 + 1 AP individual works



The photographs document the framed art found in the waiting rooms of two different physicians: a psychologist and a neurologist. The images sourced from these waiting rooms are reproductions of paintings and drawings, both notable and otherwise. Waiting rooms are an interstitial space par excellence, harboring people with sickness and good health. In

their unemotional and distanced documentation, the photographs perform a kind of rehabilitation in which the notion of the waiting room becomes more apparent as do the lives of the images themselves. Each image has run through a sequence of exchanges since its making, circulating in art’s hierarchies and value systems, including, ending up in the waiting room.



Exhibition history

- 84 Steps, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam, 2021

- My Pictures of You, Galleri Riis, 2019 (solo)






Other Artists


Text, postcards, postcard displays, renovation of public accessible toilets

Site specific work for Myntgata 2, Oslo

for osloBIENNALEN First Edition



Other Artists consists of two components: a renovation of public restrooms and a printed text. Using the production funds provided for a commissioned artwork at Myntgata 2 as part of osloBIENNALEN First Edition, Lisa Tan proposed to renovate the aging and chilly restrooms of the building, which houses 60 artist studios subsidized by the City of Oslo. The restrooms are single- occupant rooms distinctively situated off of each landing of the building’s central staircase; a disability restroom is located on the lower level. The piece accounts for these common yet private spaces, important within any work environment.


The other component of the piece, a short text printed as take-away postcards installed on each floor, traces a “circumstantial genealogy” that anticipates the material, emotional, political, and idiosyncratic alignments that occur between artists. When the biennial opened in Spring 2019, two of of the nine restrooms were renovated, the remainder to be completed over six months, fitting into the biennial’s ethos of a process-oriented exhibition of works in public space that unfold over five years. By the autumn of 2020, the biennial was cancelled due to mismanagement.



- Other Artists, text on postcard component PDF (35 KB)

- "Take the Stairs" by Josh Shaddock PDF (151 KB)


My Pictures of You


HD video with sound

24 minutes

Variable installation




The artist thinks of images of Mars as a death mask of Earth, captured millions of years in the future, yet witnessed in the present. Compelled by photographs from NASA’s expeditions depicting Mars’ topography, Tan senses how the planet’s dry lake beds, undulating sand dunes, and horizon could be our own. Their striking familiarity transports her to the desert terrain of the American Southwest where she was raised. She bounces her poetic speculation off of a scientist responsible for key instruments gauging water and atmosphere on Mars.


A road trip through the desert frames questions around climate and extinction. Yet the deeper concern is with unraveling photographic meaning in relation to the Mars images, through the artist’s alternative analysis of Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. Barthes’ seminal text on photography pivots around an image of the author’s deceased, beloved mother as a child in what is known as the Winter Garden photograph. My Pictures of You offers a thought-experiment: replace Barthes’ mother for “mother” Earth. Despite the video’s bleak terrain, it manages to transform its own pessimism into a joyful affirmation of earthbound existence.




This piece was commissioned by Public Art Agency Sweden for the exhibition Extracts from a Future History, curated by Lisa Rosendahl.



Exhibition history

- Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Gallery, London, along with 18 global partner organizations

  Selection by Bonniers Konsthall

- My Pictures of You, Galleri Riis, Oslo, 2019 (solo exhibition)

- Extracts from a Future History, Public Art Agency Sweden, 2017