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The Vivid Color Explorations of Lisa Solomon
February 3rd, 2018
How did you get started in the visual arts?
I pretty much went to school for it. Corny but true. I got my undergrad degree in Art and then went to grad school to get my MFA. I think mostly I got started because it was what moved me the most- it was what made the most sense to me, and as I got more and more into it, the interest was only sustained.

How would you describe your work?
Hmmm… I’d say that through my mixed media work I am researching topics of interest – sometimes that’s braille, or just color theory, or something that relates to my own history/heritage. I’m bi-racial – Japanese and Jewish/Caucasian, and am continually looking to understand cultural aspects that pertain to me. I often see myself and my work as investigating the notion of hybridity. I work on big installations and big pieces and crowd sourced works [sometimes with a social practice bend] and I also work on smaller more intimate drawings. The things that connect my work are color and an interest in materials – I regularly use embroidery, thread, and crochet in my work. I like blurring the line between art and craft, and making things that are normally diminutive grand and overwhelming.

Who else’s work has influenced or inspired your work?
So many people. Some my professors – including Katherine Sherwood, Ron Nagle, Gail Wight. I always and forever will love Agnes Martin, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Nick Cave, Ruth Azawa…. I could go on and on and on.

Can you tell us about your creative process?
My creative process? I research a lot. I try and let ideas and images and things soak in. I work through ideas. I try and be disciplined about my practice – so I work even when I don’t feel like I’m going to be productive. I’m always looking around me for things that catch my eye. And I’m a huge fan of a daily prompt – something that you do repetitively – some kind of artistic parameter that helps you break out of your comfort zone and forces you simply to work.


What’s it like being a freelancer?
I’m only a freelancer part time… I also have a day job. I teach art at a local college. I do sell my work, but that isn’t my main focus or goal. I’m always trying to make a body of work that works together. I get satisfaction through the development of it and when I exhibit it. I used to be a freelance graphic designer and I still enjoying doing projects for friends and few select people, but being a freelancer full time is not for me.



What interesting projects have you worked on?
I work on many interesting projects, but here are 3 of late.

The last few years I’ve been collaborating with an artist – Christine Buckton Tillman – on a project we call Chroma. We have been collecting plastic doodads and junk for folks all over to arrange by color. We’ve done it 2 times before – once in Baltimore at Gallery CA and once in San Francisco at Rare Device and we’re about to do it permanently in a new building at the wharf in Washington DC. More about this project can be seen here.

I also just put up a big installation of 1000 large french knots at artMrkt San Francisco which I first exhibited at my gallery in Los Angeles – Walter Maciel. It was part of 6 years of research into the number 1000 in Japanese Culture. More can be seen here.

Finally I did a project I called The Keepsake Project as a residency in San Francisco at Irving Street Projects. In it I asked people to bring me keepsakes of theirs that I would photograph and then render. I also documented the story of the keepsake on an official tag. I was interested in what we keep and why we keep it and how our lives can be full of ordinary objects that are anything but ordinary. You can find out more about the project here.

What areas of your work are you hoping to explore further?
I’m in the middle of figuring out what I’m going to do next. This is both scary, interesting, hard, and the part of the process!

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