Mystic, off-kilter, and passionate. These are the first three words that come to mind when I attempt to describe Lisa Solberg‘s work. She has a transcendental creative eye and her art emulates the full spectrum of human emotions – from the fierce desire that accompanies love to the vivid colors that rage evokes. It isn’t that she is just a multidisciplinary artist, it is that she is a multi-dimensional artist.
When she creates, she creates big, as shown with her most recent project titled Night Rider that involves her transforming a Snowcat into a Dekotora Snowcat or with her performance-based installation Mister Lee’s that combines elements of a greenhouse and a strip club. That last sentence alone should give you a fair look at just what I mean when I describe Solberg as a multi-dimensional artist. Acquaint yourself with Ms. Solberg below…
LF: Hi Lisa! Can you give Live FAST an introduction to yourself?
LS: Hi! I’m a multidisciplinary artist living and working in downtown LA.
LF: What body of work are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a bunch of exciting projects:
1. Phase Two of Night Rider, a reinvented Snowcat on Powder Mountain to be further transformed into a Dekotora Snowcat.
2. Mister Lee’s, a performance based installation juxtaposing the elements of a greenhouse and a strip club.
3. The next 24HR PSYCHIC exhibit, a black sand meditation garden.
LF: Where do you find inspiration for the art you create?
LS: Literally everywhere – from strip clubs to zen gardens. I am attracted to immersive experiences, or at least that is what I am trying to create through a variety of means and techniques. With such an information and imagery overload, I think it’s important to step out of your bubble and get uncomfortable. I like the challenge of making a powerful visual memory- something that actually sticks with you and pops up in your thoughts and dreams. I’m finding that, in my work, attempting to control all sensory components in the environment outside of the experience itself gets closest to that, then finally just letting the magic happen.
LF: Who is Coco Bunny?
LS: COCO BUNNY is the existential rabbit and psychic guide to the light. It’s motto is “I like you.” It lives it own life.
LF: The last great adventure you went on?
LS: At Powder Mountain in Utah, creating Night Rider. It was amazing to work in a shop at 9,000 foot elevation every day. Despite the natural beauty and peacefulness of this environment, it was uncomfortable and challenging every step of the process, which I think has the power to enable the best work.
LF: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve encountered while working on a body of work?
LS: I run into obstacles in every single project, which means there are mistakes and accidents, changes you have to decide you’re either going to fix or work with. Being open to mixups is part of the evolution of a piece or body of work for me. I’ve learned that the idea is the easiest part, it’s easy as the artist to have a clear image of what you want to do, all the way to how it feels, smells, and is experienced. The next steps are far more difficult and time consuming – finding the support, the location, the time, and so on. However, my favorite part is making it. I love the moment the gates open and all that is left is the actual work.
LF: Do you feel that you have a particular purpose of any sort as an artist or do you see art as simply a form of self-expression?
LS: My work is most definitely self-expression, but the overall purpose for me as the artist reveals itself every time. It’s liberating to know that this purpose can transform over time.
LF: Where do you see yourself in one year from now? Five years?
LS: In one year from now I see myself finding a proper representation for myself. I have taken my career on an untraditional path that requires insane persistence, which has allowed me to mature and really find my voice. It’s been, for the most part, an independent journey. You begin to realize that you can’t do this forever, and as much self-confidence, work ethic, and perseverance that you might have, you can’t do it all on your own if you want to make the next big leap. In five years, I like to imagine what my studio will look like – a huge compound with beautiful natural light.
LF: How fast do you live?
LS: I live very fast: I’m never in town for too long, I think fast, I walk fast, I work fast. Slowing down seems to be the hardest task, and that might be the best place to find clarity. In the past year I’ve been planting a lot of seeds and have been learning to be patient in order to let those seeds flourish.
Come view some of Lisa’s latest work in “To Hide To Show,” a group show at Los Angeles’ MAMA Gallery. Opening reception is this Saturday, June 13th from 6-9pm.