Give us a brief description of you and your work.
I grew up with an artist father, who was always making, painting, carving. I always loved the medium of painting but it terrified me. It wasn't until after college that I decided that meant I had to do it. I received a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in photography, which still plays a huge part in my work. My paintings play with the idea of collective memory and how interchangable those memories can be.
What drew you to portraits?... sorry about the pun.
I started doing portraits of my own kids and it grew from there.
You do an amazing job of using 'white space' in your artwork. Can you describe what the space does for your art and how you fight the urge to 'fill' the space?
A lot of my work is based on photos, found photos or old family photos and I like to remove information from the background as it usually is not necessary for telling the story. At the same time it adds a little mystery to what is actually going on and allows the viewer to fill in the story a bit.
In many cases your portraits omit key facial features (IE: face, eyes, nose, etc) How did this become a reoccurring characteristic for your art?
I suppose it started as a reaction to my portrait work. I started working on personal paintings based on old family photos and noticed I was treating them as too precious, so obscuring faces was one way to get around that and it has just continued to evolve.
Does choosing to exclude these facial features make it more difficult to generate the emotion and energy or a subject?
It allows the viewer to relate more to the images, I think. They are able to put themselves in a piece or see someone they know, relate to the image more.
What's your goal as an artist?
I really want to continue to work. I can't imagine not painting, so I want to keep pushing myself to create work I'm proud of and challenges me.
Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?
I love the clean finish it gives a piece.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I am inspired by my family memories and watching that process of creating those same memories with my kids.
Favorite living artist?
Favorite deceased artist?
gah, that's just too hard to pick...
Favorite type of melon?
Favorite Golden Girl?
Breakfast cereal of choice?
Cheerios with bananas
More about Lisa
Lisa has an incredible knack for creating beautiful artwork that is overflowing with emotion and history. Her art is an extension of her life, as life has grown to include children, so has her art. Inspired by her father's art, Lisa dreamed of being an artist since early childhood. Lisa studied photography in school and has a BFA in studio art. Her work explores the memory of childhood and how watching her own children influence the snapshots of these memories. The name of her website, Kiki and Polly, in fact is inspired by her daughter’s love of a bird she named Kiki, and for her imaginary friend Polly. I was well known in elementary school for nicknaming my string cheese and yogurt Polly. Probably that same Polly... just channeled though dairy products.
Win a Lisa Golightly print on Plywerk
Post a comment below and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a Lisa Golightly print mounted on 3/4" bamboo Plywerk!!! We'll select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early September to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We'll ship it anywhere in the continental US for free. If you win and need it shipped internationally, you're on the hook for shipping costs. Sorry to be so mean.