Die ehemalige Freeskierin Lisa Solberg ist eine richtige Weltenbummlerin. Gebürtig aus Chicago, verbrachte sie einen Teil ihrer Kindheit in Deutschland, und lebt heute als Künstlerin in L.A. Ihre kraftvollen, impulsiven Arbeiten, die auch mal mit Champagner gemalt werden, begeisterten nicht nur uns, sondern auch die Skateboardfirma Element, welche sie in der Vergangenheit sponsern durfte. Mittlerweile geht Lisa aber wieder ihren eigenen Weg, und verkauft die Werke hauptsaechlich an texanische Kunstsammler. Wir haben ihr ein paar Fragen gestellt:
Lisa, you lived in Germany for a while, did you notice any cultural differences between the lifestyle in the USA and over here?
There are many, many cultural differences between the US and Germany. I lived in Bad Tölz when I was 10, then in Munich when I was 23, then in Berlin just last year, and I will be living in Berlin again this year. I love both Berlin and Munich, but I definitely resonate with Berlin right now in terms of my work. The change in culture is what is so inspiring to me. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but I think thats what spawns the most interesting art.
How did you get into freeskiing?
I am sandwiched in between two brothers, so I am used to being the guinea pig for experiments. I always
used to test the bike jumps we would build around the neighborhood, test the ice on the lake to make sure it wouldn’t crack in order for us to get a pond hockey game going, and in skiing we’d always race down the hill. In college, I met a group of guys going off jumps and sliding rails and they were always egging me on to try it out since there were not many girls on the circuit at that time. So I did!
What made you transform from a professional skier into a professional artist?
Injuries. Shoulder dislocations (even after a surgery), hip issues, and numerous concussions. Also, seeing everyone’s talent level now hardly makes me feel like I deserve the term professional skier. I mean, I made a bit of money, had sponsors, and was quite a daredevil, but in terms of skill level I would be getting killed by the girls in the industry today. I guess that’s just the progression of the sport – and that’s good!
Is there a link between the two, skiing and art?
I bring a lot of intensity to the canvas, and consider myself very much of a physical painter. So yes, the two are quite similar for me.
What else inspires your work?
I am most inspired by in industrial, gritty, city settings, mixed with a bit of desert. I love the colors and smell of the desert and I love the energy of a wide open city. I tend to resonate with areas that have space to breathe – that space allows me to grow within that area with forceful expression. I love the movement of the gravitational pull in water. Or the movement of falling – up to down with force. Basically, any space or entity that results in my freedom to paint cathartically is the most inspiring to me.
What’s your favourite music and movies these days?
I sincerely feel that being truly dedicated and exposed to music is a full time job – so I resort to friends with taste for this 🙂 I get stockpiles of music that I play on shuffle on my computer while I paint. I ALWAYS play music while I paint – normally more energetic sound (Adele, Hot Chip) and sometimes slower (Caribou, Neil Young, Velvet Underground).
Can you tell us about your upcoming projects? Are you still getting involved with fashion design?
Yes, I am – with a focus on high-fashion. I like the idea of doing one-of-a-kind couture pieces. I am so inspired by it all the time, and besides, I get a lot of press in the fashion world. I love it so much for my personal use, that it is inevitable that I start collaborating with designers. Aside from that and a bunch of other small projects/collaborations with different industries, my main focus is always to progress my paintings. I am patiently waiting for the right gallery to come along. I am producing so much work all the time. I have also been focusing on my (more technical) drawings again – which balance nicely my large scaled expressive paintings. Currently I am very interested in depicting transgender, transsexual, transvestites. The many varieties of mankind and the different forms of the human identity that are embodied by them, are very fascinating to me.
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