Lisa Myers Bulmash
Lisa Myers Bulmash (http://www.lisamb.com/) is a collage and book artist who works primarily in acrylics, paper and found objects. Informally trained, Myers Bulmash began her career making handmade cards. After her father’s death in 2006, the artist felt compelled to take more personal risks in her creative life. Questions of identity, family relationships and the human impulse toward sanctuary now drive most of her work. The artist aims to nudge the viewer into recognizing shared stories, especially those narratives that are usually experienced in isolation.
Myers Bulmash is the winner of a 2016 Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, an award to support artists with children under age 18. She is a former Artist Trust At Large speaker, connecting Puget Sound artists with career resources. Her work and commentary have been highlighted in five books. Myers Bulmash exhibits her work in group and solo shows throughout the Seattle metro area.
What art do you most identify with?
I identify most closely with art that has a strong narrative, even if I can’t identify the specific story being told. I would rather experience an abstract piece telling a story in its own symbolic language than a hyperrealistic portrait that seems to have no narrative.
How do you describe your work and how do you talk to a potential buyer? Give us the elevator pitch.
I’m a collage and book artist. I make traditional and three-dimensional pieces, and I also alter existing books to create new works of art. I use family photos as well as vintage images from the late 19th-early 20th centuries, and yes, I do commissioned work using copies of other people’s family photos.
Where can people normally find you hanging out?
If I’m not working in my studio, you’re likely to bump into me as I’m photographing pre-1920s architectural elements for collage inspiration.
If you could own a piece of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?
It would have to be an assemblage piece by Betye Saar or Ron Pippin. The stories each artist tells fascinate me, and I love the textural details in their respective work. I feel Saar made it possible and viable to center African Americans in fine art. I’m also inspired by Saar’s dual roles as an artist and parent.
What kind of art could we find your home?
You would find vivid colors in pieces that reflect African American culture and Chagall-inspired Judaica. There are only a couple completed pieces of my work; the rest is elements of work-in-progress. Since I have two young children, sometimes I have to divide my art production between the kitchen table and my actual studio.
What is the best home for your art?
The best home for my art is a space with a sense of history, where viewers have time to immerse themselves in the work’s details. For private collectors, that often means the spot in their homes where they go to think or unwind, such as a study or living room. My art is also a good fit for spaces that encourage repeated, thoughtful viewing: a museum, for instance, or a civic gallery.
- 2015 Hanson Scott Gallery, “Lisa Myers Bulmash: Is This Not Home” (Seattle, WA)
- 2014 Hanson Scott Gallery, “Lisa Myers Bulmash” (Seattle, WA)
- 2013 Mountlake Terrace Library, “Every Family’s Secrets” (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
- (2016) Centennial Center Gallery, Kent Summer Arts Exhibit (Kent, WA)
- (206) SPACE at Magnuson Gallery, “Like Mother” (Seattle, WA)
- (2016) Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, “National African American History Month Art Exhibit” (Portland, OR)
- (2015) Washington State Historical Museum, “Onyx Fine Arts Collective: A Decade of Art” (Tacoma, WA)
- (2015) Gary Henderson Gallery, “BALLYHOO,” (Seattle, WA)