Lisa Watson is a multimedia artist and has been a member of Art Rise since August 2015.
What inspires you?
I’m obsessive about my own individual refuse. I try to keep my ecological footprint small by reusing, composting and donating. The repurposed material sometimes becomes the inspiration for the subject matter. Or, I’ll seek out material from commercial waste, thrift stores or scraps at hardware stores.
Who inspires you?
If you asked me this while I was in art school in the 90s, I would have said Eva Hesse and Anselm Kiefer. But now, I’m mostly inspired by individuals making a stand when it comes to saving our natural environment. Jane Goodall tops the list. Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, develops advanced systems to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
What do you love about the Savannah art scene?
I definitely have found a support team of artists, curators, writers, and advocates. I love seeing these individuals during art openings, lectures or hanging out in their studios. Also, there is always new and local art to see every weekend.
How is Art Rise Savannah good for you?
First and foremost, I’ve met a few people who I consider my good friends through Art Rise. That is everything. Art Rise as an organization has changed this city to a more contemporary art scene. When I moved here eight years ago, I viewed enough oyster shells and moss-covered oak trees to last a few lifetimes. Now, you see new ideas and technology. I’ve received opportunities to show my work, and I loved writing for Artists on Art last year. Trust me, artists need to vent in words, not just in brush strokes.