Laurie Lisovich

Born in: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Lives in: Vienna, Austria

Describe your art in three words: Work in progress.

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance in USA
Konzertfach Klavier in Vienna Austria

See More Work:  Instagram@laurielisovichart

Sacre - Oil on canvas 137 x 120 cm

As a musician and artist, music and art are in my dreams -- day and night. Colors, shapes, form, rhythm, movement, people, emotions, and, of course, music inspire me. In my series of ballet paintings, I try to capture dancers at their most expressive moments and hope that my paintings can inspire imagination and emotion in the viewer. I often think of the words "Close your eyes and see."

What themes does your work involve?
The human figure, faces, movement, color.
Describe your creative process.
In painting, one is always thinking in advance about the next color, the next step to be taken. Oftentimes, before I fall asleep at night, I close my eyes and imagine how I can progress the next day. In my series of ballet paintings, I let myself be inspired by my photos, either figurative of abstract. Usually, I feel my paintings are never finished, and I put them aside to rest. Later, I can come back and, if I am satisfied (for the moment), then they are finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Art has always been a part of my life, and is a way of entering into an unknown world. I have always loved to draw and paint since I was a child. Being largely an auto-didactic painter, I am constantly learning. With every painting, I discover something new. I study the works of other artists and am inspired by the work of painters, both past and present. For me, art can be an escape from reality, but,at the same time, it can project a brutality from which we can't escape.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Creating art is similar to writing and composing music. The language of music makes up a composition, and how the elements are arranged and how they are interpreted may determine whether it is great. In art we have the tools and technique, and how they are presented can stimulate the imagination, elicit emotion, bring back memories and dreams in the viewer, and therefore, perhaps, reach "greatness." Usually, it's intuitively obvious.
What is the role of the artist today?
Art can inspire joy, spur the imagination, and create another, perhaps richer world.
I was of Three Minds - Oil on canvas 100 x 110 cm
Iliana - Oil on canvas 74 x 64 cm
Danse Siamoise - Oil on canvas 120 x 80 cm
Blue Mood - Oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist