© 2017 by Lisa Farris. 

 

artist statement.

I am obsessed with the figure. I am enchanted by the fact that throughout history, in every culture, in every era, we humans have had a strong need to render our own images and to make them fancy. I love this so much. I love that a thousand years ago someone felt the urge to scribble a picture of themselves on the wall of a cave or to carve their face on the handle of a spear. As if to say, Look at me. Here I am. I am alive in the world. 

 

I am also obsessed with nature. I feel most human when I am away from humanity, out in the woods or deep on a desert hike. With my most recent work, my two obsessions have intersected. I am making connections between human form and natural forms. A tree becomes a person. A person becomes a plant. They become friends.

 

Now when I look at a Joshua Tree, I see exuberant arms reaching to the sky. When I look at palm trees in Indian Canyon, I see giant shaggy men, dancing in waterfalls. It is the best kind of anthropomorphism.

 

With my work, I want people to see that being human is to be grounded in the natural world. I want people to remember this connection. I want them to feel the deep spirituality of this relationship and to bask in the joy of it. 

 
 

contact.

My artwork is available at the following galleries:

Ann Arbor Art Center

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Mackinac's Little Gallery, Mackinac Island 

Michigan Artist's Gallery, Traverse City

POST Detroit 

Sleeping Bear Gallery, Empire

Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids

Contact me to learn more. 

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Ocher Orge

Ceramic with Metal Base 29" x 24" x 4.5"