Bio

Lisa Occhipinti is an artist and author.  She has written and illustrated Novel Living (Abrams, 2014) a book venerating the physical book, and The Repurposed Library (Abrams, 2011), a book on transforming books into new forms. Her work has been included in Papercraft (Gestalten, 2010) and she is a contributing essayist to The Laws of Subtraction (McGraw Hill, 2013).

With a BA in fine art, Lisa has studied in France with Parsons School of Design and in Italy with The School of Visual Arts. She was a faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art for five years, where she coordinated and taught their first summer abroad program at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland. She has also taught at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH, and the Craft and Folk Art Musuem, Los Angeles CA.

Lisa has won a full fellowship from the Clowes Fund for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT and earned a residency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock NY.  Her work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Associated Press, India Today and Australia Vogue Living. Her work is in private and corporate collections worldwide including Hilton Hotels, Prologue Films, J Crew, The Dana Farber Institute and Wheaton College Permanent Collection.

Selected Exhibitions

2016   Solo Exhibition  San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo CA
2015   Literally  Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley ID
2015   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2014   Layered Perspectives  College of the Sequoias, Visalia CA
2014   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2013   On and Off the Page  Lamont Gallery, Philips Academy, Exeter NH
2013   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2012   Terrestrial Life  Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA
2012   Art of Our Century  Woodbury Museum, Orem UT
2012   Simulacrum  Gallery 825,  Los Angeles CA
2012   Incognito  Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA
2011   Out of Sorts Design Exchange Center, Toronto Canada



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2010   Fall Group Show  Fresh Paint, Culver City CA
2010   Breaking the Spine  Rare Device, San Francisco CA
2010   Faculty Exhibit Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH
2008   Inside Out  School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
2005   Wish You Were Here  AIR Gallery, New York NY
2002   Artists and Poets  Carney Gallery, Regis College, Weston MA
2001   Multiplicity and Reiteration Tremont Gallery, Boston MA
2001   Geometry and Art  Thoreau Gallery, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge NH
2000   National Juried Exhibition Bristol Art Museum, Bristol RI
2000   New England/New Talent  Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA
2000   For Drawing 2000  New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH
1998   National Juried Show Montclair University, Montclair NJ

LISA OCCHIPINTI


The first thing I wanted to be as a child was an archaeologist. The process of methodically digging through layers of earth, in lands known and unknown, searching for clues to reveal truths about people and the stories of their lives, captivated me.

A person is an infinite locus of overlapping stories forever forming the current version of their identity. We are each an amalgamation of our personal histories, of the things that are imposed upon us and the things we choose. My concerns lie in discovering how we each get to our present state. I dig through layers to find the story that reflects what shaped a life's course. My curiosity never wanes and I am endlessly astonished, beguiled and ignited by what I discover.

The media are words and images; the work explores identity through memory, emotion and observance. I often excavate my own biography for a starting point to locate personas that intrigue me: people I know, meet or read about, living or historical.

I create photographs from live photos I shoot and composite them with photographs shot of found images. These are printed then hand-embroidered with pattern, resulting in bespoke objects that merge technology with the handmade.

Photographs are also created for hand-bound artist books made from old hardbacks. The object of the book allows for visual sequence as well as an intimate viewing experience. These photographs are then produced as limited edition prints.

Written communication, an agent of the human condition, allows us to build collective identities. Using discarded books, I construct sculptures--artifacts of language--that harness text and the object of the book, bringing attention to their powerful quietude.

All of the work, whether narrative or objective, invites the viewer to connect by finding something to recognize outside of themselves that they can identify with, thus limning a line and activating the process of identity.



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