Born to a Japanese mum and a Caucasian American dad, Lisa Solomon is intrigued by the notion of hybridization. The fusing of elements that may at first glance appear to be unrelated is at the crux of her art. She often fuses ‘wrong’ things together: doilies on the wall, tanks made of bright pink felt generating pretty patterns, sewing onto paper, environmental toxins molecularly represented by doilies, sewing without thread (the act of mending with out its mending capabilities), and the back side of embroidery shown as the front.
Lisa says she is “interested in gender identity – what are the parameters we use to place and name things within a masculine or a feminine sphere? What occurs when triggers and cues are misplaced purposefully confusing our vision?” I love how she has worked this theme into her Dolly Toxins and Viruses works. Making the stuff of chemistry texts so intricately beautiful and – for me – a thing of art rather than science. It makes me wish I could see her work in a gallery.
Lisa grew up in Los Angeles and moved north to go to UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland California with her husband, her daughter, a one-eyed pit bull, a deaf frenchie and a cross-eyed cat. She teaches at several academic institutions in the Bay Area.
You can contact Lisa Solomon direct via her website here. Alternatively, she works with the following galleries: Walter Maciel Gallery in LA, Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Beholder (an online marketplace which is worth a browse!), Fouladi Projects in San Francisco, and Artstream Studios in Rochester, New Hampshire.