What should I plant?
What is your artistic process?
Both seem like simple questions that Lisa D. Watson is frequently asked about her garden business and artwork. The loaded answers are arduous but are interlaced philosophically about creating sustainable gardens and upcycled art.
During her On::View Residency at Sulfur Studios, Watson will explore combining her current professions and transform the area into “a green space”. “It’s a rare opportunity to incorporate living plants into works of art,” says Lisa.
Roadways, bridges and sprawl are common themes in Watson’s artwork. She has been concerned with vulnerable natural habitats and human encroachment since she was a child as she watched roadways cut thru neighboring woodlands. Artwork can reflect these issues, native and drought tolerant gardens along with landscape education may just be the antidote to these sprawling problems, one garden at a time.
A few repetitive shapes using collaged wall pieces, linoleum printing experimentation and three dimensional planters will be explored during the month. The unconventional planters will explore the ways foliage has an incredible way of breaking thru human infrastructure.
Lisa welcomes those who may need garden advice to bring photos of their landscapes. She will share her knowledge on native, drought and/or salt tolerant plants, rain catchment ideas and a non-toxic weed killer recipe. Sharing knowledge is a way to give back to the Savannah community, but she also wants people to assess their own gardens and make sustainable changes.
In the final week, passersby may slow down and be transported into the installation, creating an antidote as they walk by or enter the space.
Open to the public Dates
August 18, 24, 25, 31
Sept. 1, 8
First Friday Viewing
Sept. 7, 2018 6-9PM
Lecture: Garden Tips for a Sustainable Southeastern Landscape
Sept. 8, 2018 2PM
Lisa D. Watson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio and an Certificate in Interior Design from Learning Tree University in Chatsworth, California.
Watson's artwork has been exhibited nationally in Telfair Museum's Jepson Center and The Savannah City Hall Rotunda Gallery in Savannah, GA, Art on Paper Fair in NYC, The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA, and most recently at Brassworks Gallery in Montclair, NJ.
Her mural work can be seen in four of contemporary video artist Bill Viola’s Art Installations including Going Forth By Day - Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Five Angels For The Millennium - Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London and The Passions - Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Since 1992, Watson has freelanced as an eco-conscious artist, designer, film production art director, muralist and scenic painter. She has created commissioned residential and commercial murals in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. Besides her scenic work on such projects as the Academy Awards, Fox Kids Network w/ Wayne White and many commercials, she art-directed infomercials and videos, including Hip Hop Abs and Gaiam exercise videos.
Lisa currently owns Plan It Green Design in Savannah, Georgia. When not consulting clients with interior/ exterior space planning, color consulting, native and drought tolerant garden design, she produces art using reclaimed materials.