Lisa Solomon & her Hybrid World

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Lisa Solomon's Carbon Tetrachloride, 2011, crochet and glass balls
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Born to a Japanese mum and a Caucasian American dad, Lisa Solomon is intrigued by the notion of hybridization. The fusing of elements that may at first glance appear to be unrelated is at the crux of her art. She often fuses ‘wrong’ things together: doilies on the wall, tanks made of bright pink felt generating pretty patterns, sewing onto paper, environmental toxins molecularly represented by doilies, sewing without thread (the act of mending with out its mending capabilities), and the back side of embroidery shown as the front.

Lisa says she is “interested in gender identity – what are the parameters we use to place and name things within a masculine or a feminine sphere? What occurs when triggers and cues are misplaced purposefully confusing our vision?” I love how she has worked this theme into her Dolly Toxins and Viruses works. Making the stuff of chemistry texts so intricately beautiful and – for me – a thing of art rather than science. It makes me wish I could see her work in a gallery.

Lisa Solomon's Dimethyl Mercury, 2011, crochet and glass balls
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Lisa Solomon's Sulphur Mustard, 2011, coloured pencil, acrylic, graphite, embroidery on duralar
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Lisa Solomon's Lewistle, 2011, coloured pencil, acrylic, graphite, embroidery on duralar
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Lisa Solomon's Doily Virus: Rotavirus, 2010, acrylic, ink, colored pencil, graphite, felt, glasshead pins, embroidery on duralar
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Lisa Solomon's Doily Virus: Bacteriophage, 2010, acrylic, ink, colored pencil, graphite, felt, glasshead pins, embroidery on duralar
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Lisa grew up in Los Angeles and moved north to go to UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland California with her husband, her daughter, a one-eyed pit bull, a deaf frenchie and a cross-eyed cat. She teaches at several academic institutions in the Bay Area.

You can contact Lisa Solomon direct via her website here. Alternatively, she works with the following galleries: Walter Maciel Gallery in LA, Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Beholder (an online marketplace which is worth a browse!), Fouladi Projects in San Francisco, and Artstream Studios in Rochester, New Hampshire.

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Comments (22)

Who would have thought you couldix doillies and chemistry ! They are really fab!

I know – amazing how creative people can be. Inspiring even… 🙂

damn predictive text again… I meant mix not dix… 🙂

Super whimsical! Great colors to match the feel of the work too – rather Northern California too!

What is ‘Northern California’, Shira? The colours?

Yes I guess so! The colors and the sophistication – I’ve had a long love affair with California…I used to think I would live there one day and dream often of my next trip to San Francisco (it’s been a while) – it always involves girlfriends…and shopping…

Girlfriends and shopping are a pretty great combo’! I’ve not spent time in San Fran’ (yet!). I reckon’ Vancouver is not a bad place to be, tho’! 🙂

awesome ending to a really interesting post – “She lives in Oakland California with her husband, her daughter, a one-eyed pit bull, a deaf frenchie and a cross-eyed cat.”

I’m afraid I can’t take credit for that, M. Its from Lisa’s website. I loved it so much I stole it for the post! She does amazing work, doesn’t she?

These are so fascinating! I love Doily Virus the best!

Fascinating, aren’t they? Some people are so clever… 🙂

beautiful…thank you for sharing

You are very welcome, I Me Mine 🙂

they are really quite beautiful!

Howdy TTC – cheers for stopping by. Glad you like the work (so do I!) 🙂

These are beautiful – how clever! I would love some of these

Absolutely love her work. So delicate and lovely.

Clever, isn’t she. Happy you like it! 🙂

Howdy NOTR! Thanks so much for dropping in. I think Lisa’s work is gorgeous, too! 🙂

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