I use alternative photography techniques to create textiles and soft sculpture that explore ideas of play and repetition and examine the space where anxiety and motherhood meet. Process is central to my work and my children are an inherent part of that process. The act of watching my kids playfully create a sunprint, the act of folding and unfolding fabric, the act of stitching and knotting, are physical representations of ideas I aim to explore in my work. Art and Motherhood are both the knowing and the unknowing, the creation and the healing of wounds, the isolation and the never-aloneness. I like to investigate the duality of this uncertainty amidst repetition.
In my Acute Onset series, I give my children nearly free rein to make large sunprints in my studio, which I then sew up and twist into tightly bound knots. Exploring the space where mothering and anxiety meet, these pieces address feelings of uncertainty amidst repetition and explore the weight of anxiety alongside the playfulness of childhood activities such as imagining, gathering, ordering, and archiving.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lisa Alberts is an artist living with her partner and their two children in metro-Detroit, Michigan. Lisa’s motherhood journey and art practice intersect regularly and her children are often active participants in her process, from collecting objects to printing alongside her. Lisa’s work combines alternative photography, textiles, and soft sculpture to explore themes of motherhood, anxiety, and the idea of unearthing. Lisa received her Post-Graduate Certificate in The Photographic Image (2010) from Durham University in Durham, England, and her BFA in Fine Art (2005) from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lisa currently serves on the board of KickstART Farmington.
© Lisa Alberts