|"Silent Birth" by Lilli Fisher, tarlatan and dirt, 40" diameter, May 2011|
Lilly in 2012 earned her BFA in painting and creative writing from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her sculptures, drawings, and paintings have been featured in multiple galleries along the east coast and in São Tomé and Príncipe. She has worked behind-the-scenes for studios and graphic designers; and participated in several community art projects.
In her own words:
"My work is a physical process of searching in which I investigate my existence in the context of contemporary life. I collect discarded human-made objects before they are swallowed back into the earth. I gather waste from industrial production and daily consumption. I apply ancient materials in the creation of contemporary symbols. Spices, herbs and dirt are my pigments. I interpret these culturally disparate substances as part of a globally interconnected ecological system in which we are all participants. My aim is to provide a sensual experience, removed from the boundaries of language, which encourages the viewer to question their paradigms... During my betterArts residency I intend to gain a personal understanding of human-ecosystem interactions through organic farming, create pieces that are integrated into the living fabric of their environment, and take advantage of the valuable feedback I can receive from the Better Farm community."
|Overcast, plastic bags and coal, dimensions variable, 2012|
"BetterArts is unique among residencies in that it provides not only an artistic community but also a community of people devoted to living sustainably. This type of community is an invaluable resource for me because of the mode of artistic experimentation I want to explore. The feedback I receive will help me to make the work I really want to make, and to gauge the reaction it receives against a diverse group of perspectives and backgrounds. I intend to take full advantage of the opportunity to converse, contemplate, and collaborate with the community of Better Farm."
Be sure to stop in and check out Lilli's works-in-progress throughout the month! Completed works will be on display for the public to enjoy at the conclusion of her residency—stay tuned for more information!
To see more of Lilli Fisher's work, visit lillifisher.com. For more information about betterArts residencies, click here.