Lisa Alberts

Lisa Alberts is creating artworks with her children.
Lisa Alberts created artworks with her children.

Lisa Alberts (she/her/hers) 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. 

“To me, my process is a sort of reflection of my parenthood experience. It’s a balance between having a plan and being flexible enough to embrace the unknown, the surprises”.

“The act of watching my kids playfully create a sun-print, the act of folding and unfolding fabric, the act of stitching and knitting are physical representations of ideas I aim to explore in my work.”

“Art and Motherhood are both the knowledge 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”.

Lisa’s work combines alternative photography, textiles, and soft sculpture to explore themes of motherhood, anxiety, and the idea of unearthing. 

“In my Acute Onset series, I give my young children free rein to make large sun prints in my studio, which I then sew up and twist into tightly bound knots.” 

“These pieces explore the weight of anxiety alongside the playfulness of childhood activities such as imagining, gathering, ordering, and archiving.” 

“I work almost entirely out of my basement studio and my backyard. It used to be that my kids were nearly always underfoot and working alongside me, but as they grow, that’s becoming less and less the case, leaving room for me to explore my work more methodically“.

Lisa's Daughter playing and making art.
Lisa’s Daughter playing and making art.

This has been both unsettling and empowering as I relearn how to make work entirely by myself”.

Lisa Alberts' Artwork.
Photo from Acute Onset.
Work created by Lisa Alberts.

Her work has been exhibited in the US and Canada and broadly online. 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. 

“I’m looking towards 2022 to start a new body of work. I hope to attend an artist residency in the coming year and explore more opportunities to connect with my local artist community”.

For more information on Lisa’s work, please visit Lisa Albert’s official website.

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