Friday Favorites: Artist Lisa Solomon
I am inspired by so many things, I decided that every Friday, I will highlight a favorite person, thing, or idea. Maybe you will be inspired too! See all past Friday Favorites here.
colored pencil, acrylic, graphite, embroidery on duralar.
h1n1 virus, 2011
colored pencil, acrylic, graphite, crochet doilies, glasshead pins on duralar.
we are family: blue and brown beds, 2010
colored pencil, acrylic and thread on embroidery on duralar
Lisa Solomon is a true inspiration to me for so many reasons. I mean, she juggles being a professor and an online teacher, an artist, with being a mom and wife, and creative force behind MODify. Lisa does indeed wear many hats. (And I have a feeling they are all beautifully crocheted from colorful pearle cotton). Lisa’s artwork grabbed me the minute I saw it, many years ago. Her delicate crochet and thread work of viruses and toxins, her beautiful visual interpretation of the radiation migration of the Fukushima Diachi plant caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, and her felt tank installation (a hard steel machine built for combat rendered in beautiful colors of felt), her work makes me think about the concept of art in a way I never did before. Its hard to explain, as art can be sometimes. The feelings that art can evoke can’t always be described perfectly.
I am lucky enough to own an original piece of Lisa’s , from her domestic scenes series, “Two Lime Chairs”.
I knew I wanted to include her as soon as I started my Friday Favorites series and she has graciously allowed me to pick her brain so that we may all read more about her world. Mixed in between, I have included images of some of her work (I selfishly tried to pick my favorites, but narrowing it down was hard). Here goes!
Fukushima Diachi, April 11, 2011, 2012, Embroidery and graphite on Duralar
Here are a few questions-
3. Give us a glimpse into what a day (or part of a day) of doing artwork looks like for Lisa Solomon.
5. In your book, Knot, Thread, Stitch: Exploring Creativity Through Embroidery and Mixed Media, you pulled together so many creative ideas for using thread to draw, embroider, and create. It caused me to look at so many new ways to create with your simple techniques (embroidering a portrait is on my list to do very soon). What’s your favorite type of embroidery?
(Wait, is that like asking you to pick a favorite child??)
6. I know there are many of us all over the world who are contributing to the 1000 doily installation you are creating for later this year. Can you give us details about it, and where and when it will be?
Oh the 1000 doily project. The first time I have really asked for help with a big project [from people other than my mom and immediate friends who usually offer to help me before I ask them]. I have been completely overwhelmed with the response to this. I am going to do a show later this year – November 2013 at Fouladi Projects in San Francisco. http://www.fouladiprojects.com The working title is Sen which is 1000 in Japanese. 1000 is a big deal in Japan – think 1000 cranes for good luck, or 1000 buddhas [there’s a temple in Kyoto which houses 1000 buddhas. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanj%C5%ABsangen-d%C5%8D]… I wanted to use this idea of 1000 – but within my own lexicon. So I had this vision of 1000 doilies. And I wanted to tie it to other things that really interest me namely color and color theory.