Canadian and Maritime-born artist, Lisa Lipton is a multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director who received her B.F.A. from NSCAD University and M.F.A. from the University of Windsor. Her projects explore the potential for crossing genres of film, mixed media installation, performance, theatre and music. Her visions are reflective of an interest in directorial and curatorial practices, collaboration and social interaction, as well as working within non-traditional contexts in order to explore the boundaries of performance and filmic production. She recently released her first feature film – an epic multi-disciplinary project and performance series titled: THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE, at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and with MS:T Performative Arts Festival. She has exhibited her work on both a national and international level, and recently served as the Shortlist representative for the Maritime Provinces within the Sobey Art Awards (2015), as well as Longlisted in 2017, 2016, 2013 & 2012. She currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, where she is an instructor in Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
My work is heavily devoted to site-specificity and localizing collaboration, time spent within a community in order to build a body of work that resonates within the environment in which it was created. My process begins by taking up residence in a community, observing and immersing myself within it. The narrative of a specific piece develops by translating personal interactions (sights and sounds) into imagery, altering spaces into installation, creating costumes and characters that become the content. Each project reflects upon the matters of movement, sound & music, ritual, subculture and identity as a source for critical engagement.