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.
Lisa Agaran was born in Los Angeles. With a background in psychology she worked as a therapist and creativity coach prior to her career as a mixed media artist. 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, 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, Nissan and Toyota. Having the itch to revisit one of her original passions, she returned to school to get her Masters in Psychology. Lisa has always had an intense interest in understanding not only herself as a creative person, but the creative process as well. Integrating both her artistic and psychology background she spent the last several years working with artists and creative professionals as a therapist and creativity coach. Expressing herself creatively has always been an essential part of her life. Her other creative channels include writing and photography. Currently, Lisa is a mixed media artist creating original pieces with a blend of different acrylic mediums, her own photography, collage and found objects.