I made watercolor pigments out of various urban waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the world. I created dozens of paintings, including postcard watercolors and displayed them on a spinning postcard rack on the docks of Baltimore's Inner Harbor during the Transmodern Festival. The public were invited to make a painting and to either take their painting with them or to donate their painting to the postcard rack, while I demonstrated and discussed the process of turning buckets of the surrounding waters into quality pigments. In addition to the public, artists such as Alison Knowles and Mark Luce donated watercolors from these pigments. Since then, I've been marbleizing paper and postcards out of Bay water from the Gulf of Mexico for my work in progress "Marbleized Postcards from Bastian Bay, LA."
I've also included "Récord, recórd, recollection" where viewers were invited to draw on large vandyke printed portraits of citizens of Prague. Like the magnetic head of a tape recorder reading a cassette tape, the viewer draws audio from the portrait to hear the anecdotal memories from his or her former Communist past. The vandyke prints are not fixed and fade leaving only the drawings that document the viewers listening. Underneath the ordinary rag paper are nearly 60 flat 7x7" sensors like trackpads on a laptop. Each trackpad (force sensing resistor, fcr) is connected to an audio file from my audio archive collected in Prague.
All 3 of these works on paper depend on both the making process, and the interaction of the public, for its content to be fully meaningful.
Artist Bio / CV
Lisa Moren is a conceptual artist who makes works on paper, interactive installations, and public interventions. Her recent public art includes “CHESAPEAKE BAY WATER WATERCOLORS” and "Marbleized Paper from the Gulf of Mexico.” She has exhibited her work at the Chelsea Art Museum, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Walter Phillips Gallery and abroad at Ars Electronica; Akademie der Kunste and others in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. She has received numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts (2003), Maryland State Arts Council (2002, 2005, 2007, 2010), CEC Arts International (2002 and 2006) and many others. Lisa Moren is a Fulbright Scholar (Prague, 2006) and an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children.