Inside A Generous Kingdom V: It's the Journey that matters most with artist Lisa Marie Barber
"Clay is humble in my opinion. It's just dirt, after all. I love that it's used by, and accessible to, all ages and skill levels. It has relevance in just about every culture in the world as has had that relevance for centuries." Lisa Marie Barber
How does your work interact with the theme of “A Generous Kingdom V: Art that Explores Story, Symbolism, and Beyond”? "Some Parts are Roads" is a piece about noting possibilities and being grateful for them. When I made the piece, I was thinking about the richness of life and the choices/potential we have, to choose a certain path. It is an optimistic and reflective snapshot of life and possibilities-- and to me, that resonates with the idea of "A Generous Kingdom".
Does the idea of transformation influence your work and process? My work is all about process. While I always have an idea on what I'm going to make, the final piece only reveals itself in the journey. I usually have several works going on at once-- both in ceramics and in quilts/fiber work. What draws you to the medium you chose? And tell us a little about your process (I don’t believe in giving it all away). Clay is humble in my opinion. It's just dirt, after all. I love that it's used by, and accessible to, all ages and skill levels. It has relevance in just about every culture in the world as has had that relevance for centuries. My ceramic sculptures are all made by hand, using recycled clay, simple techniques, and about 3-5 tools that fit in my back pocket. Who inspires you? And What do you do to get inspired? I simply love to make and am fortunate to always have something I want to make-- maybe because I'm antsy and like to be physically engaged doing something. I'm inspired by the Mexican folk art and catholic shrines of my heritage and upbringing in Tucson, AZ, gardens, cityscapes, and children's art.
What do you hope your work achieves, in general, and/or specifically with this installation? My artworks, while not simple compositions, are simple in concept and method. At their heart, they serve as personal meditations on the ease, happiness, and beauty that outlines ever.