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Lisa Agaran

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Art Center College of Design, 1989, BFA

abstract, mixed-media, original abstract art, mixed media collage, Mixed Media abstract

Bio & Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My body of work unfolded during a time when what I once defined myself by began to deconstruct. Forced to surrender to uncertainty and the unknown, I immersed myself in the creative process. It became the steady ground anchoring me and eventually led me back to my authentic self. Like for many artists, it became an avenue to heal and integrate oneself towards wholeness. Through the emerging of intuitive story, my art is a vehicle in which I discover meaning and deeper understanding of myself and the world.

Similar to an approach I once used in art therapy, my process is spontaneous and often intuitive. I allow each piece to dictate the direction it wants to go. Forms, themes and textures organically emerge, guiding the next step in the process and so on. I find this mindful path an opportunity to surrender to the moment, without a predetermined plan. Through a blend of different acrylic mediums, my original photography, collage and found objects, I channel and transform the subconscious into art.

I’m often fascinated by the sense of history revealed in textures found in natural stones and weathered surfaces. I try to recreate this unrefined, organic quality in my pieces to give it a feel of aging. I also incorporating objects I have found along my journeys, such as stones and pebbles. I believe that each object has its own story to share, which adds to the narrative of each piece.

One of the most marked characteristics in my work is the mysterious, ethereal dream like feel of the imagery. When we dream, our subconscious creates scripts as an avenue to uncover meaning, clarity and resolution to our awaken life. In the same way, I strive to produce work that invites the viewer to create his or her own individual experience by projecting their own interpretations onto each piece. 


Artist Bio

Lisa Agaran was born in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in various group and solo shows throughout Los Angeles and New Mexico. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Lisa originally began her artistic career as a graphic designer. She worked in the corporate arena for 18 years with companies such as Disney, Nestle and Toyota. With a background in psychology specializing in Creativity, she also worked as a therapist, creativity coach and taught one of the core certification courses at the Creativity Coaching Association where she also trained under well renown creativity coach, Eric Maisel. Lisa currently teaches various Mixed Media, Visual Art Journaling and Creativity Enhancement Workshops. Her work has appeared in both Incite 1: Dreams Realized and Incite 2: The Art of Storytelling published by North Light Books. Expressing herself artistically has always been an essential part of her life. Her other creative channels include writing and photography. Currently, Lisa is a professional mixed media artist producing original artwork that invites the viewer to experience the depth, meaning and process of each piece.

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Recent Exhibits

Lisa Agaran participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2015 A Collective Body of Work
ArtCrush Studio
Oct, 2014 Liquid Dreams
May, 2014 Mysterious Flight…and other beautiful tales
Aug, 2013 Wanderlust Sutra
Gallery 39
Jul, 2013 Dreams & The Lotus
Eighth Day Arts
Click here to see all exhibits for Lisa Agaran
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