VISUAL VOICES: AN INTERVIEW WITH Lisa Mishler

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Art Productions New York has the honor and pleasure of talking with Lisa Mishler. The American artist excels through her subtle reinterpretation of art historical and contemporary cultural references, to create a fresh new voice within the global art scene. Using a fresh and modern palette, the artist explores a diverse yet focused subjectivity; approaching her subject from all perspectives she creates a serene balance between aesthetic beauty, wonder and contemplation to documentation, sociological issues, and the narrative of human experience. It was our pleasure to speak with artists directly.

What are the core and fundamental themes and concepts of your art?

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How closely do these ideas relate to your creative process and the actual act of creating the art itself?

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The more I turn off my critical mind the more free I become, the more fluid the process. My intuition is my works core. Working with the free flow of consciousness the concepts in the piece appear to me after the fact. From the first fluid brush stroke, the act of creating needs to remain unencumbered. My books on tape allow the shut down of unnecessary mental chatter, keeping space for the creative side of my brain. From there I start visualizing colors, shapes and space.

Which artists, designers, creators (past or present) are you inspired and influenced by?




Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandisky of course there are others but these artist are the ones I really resonate with. Joan Miro, a surrealist with a much more mathematical approach than mine selects shapes in space with playful colors. What draws me to his work is the vibrancy of these colors and his sense of design. 


Whereas Chagall abstracts from reality and Kandsiky is an abstract expressionist, what draws me to their work is their creativity and, like Miro, their use of color also. I believe whatever our experiences in life have been, such as books we have read, movies we have seen, art that we have experienced, these experiences become integrated and saturate our subconsciousness. This becomes part of who we are. Therefore I believe their qualities are embedded in me and expressed as I paint.





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Which of your work/works stands out as a highlight, a favorite, or a significant point in your creative growth and development? and why?




My Holocaust series stands out the most. The Holocaust series is my parents personal story. This of course became part of my familie’s history, prompting me to fulfill a promise to tell their story. My work titled “Bashert,” in Hebrew “meant to be,” was the most difficult, both emotionally and conceptually. 




The work is a digital blend of paintings into one image of two lovers finding each other after a long separation. My parents separation began during WWII, the final reunion happening in 1945 before the US government sent a ship dedicated to their rescue.




An artist of powerful creative voice and message, what do you wish to communicate to your audience?

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Before I started my Holocaust series my goal was to strictly to concentrate on the emotions that would uplift humanity. I wanted my artwork to express joy, serenity, peacefulness, love , spirituality and light heartedness. Therefore, it is ironic that I had to turn back to one of the most horrific times in human history in order to re-create my parents Holocaust story. Because current world wide events were beginning to mirror the past I felt it was time to fulfill the promise I made to myself to tell my parents story.

Creatively, professionally and in all aspects of being an artist, what are your goals for your upcoming works and art?

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I do have the goal of doing another themed body of work, specifically global warming. However, I am still recovering from writing and painting my parents story which was like a journey through the depths of hell. To heal I need to paint for fun for a while.

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