Lisa CongdonJuxtapoz // Monday, 22 Jan 2007
Jux web editor Ert O'Hara talks with prolific San Francisco-based artist and crafter Lisa Congdon about charity, motivation, work and play.
Lisa Congdon is a self-taught artist and crafter who recently worked with her sister Stephanie, their mother Gerrie, and 45+ artists to raise $17,000 by auctioning donated artworks on eBay for the Kim Family Fund. Lisa is connected to the Kim family through their clothing/craft/art store Doe in San Francisco where Lisa has sold her artworks.
After I read about the auction, I visited Lisa's website and realized that I'd seen her solo show at Edo Salon last year and felt particularly inspired by it, so I was excited to learn more about her. Though she never went to art school, her use of color, composition and design is impeccable. As I began exploring her work online, I realized that she is almost constantly creating, photographing, and annotating her life. I asked her a few questions about how the magic happens.
Can you talk a little bit about your philosophy when it comes to creating.
I am an "outsider artist