Australian Fine Artist

Lisa Roet

Visiting Artist at TAFE Wednesday 21st August

Topic: Sculpture focussing on Bringing Attention to Protection of Primates Worldwide

Lisa Roet was at one stage an art teacher at TAFE and has a huge list of credits to her name including overseas residencies, awards and grants. One of her large pieces is on display at the McClelland Sculpture Park, having won an award there in recent years.

Lisa loves primates, of all sorts. It is a lifelong passion which she has based her art practise on. She is a good example of following your passion to create a lifelong and enjoyable career from.

From an early age with a love of drawing, which she said is great as you can draw just about anywhere, Lisa developed her skill as she believes that drawing is the basis of most if not all art.

She has worked collaboratively with other artists, governments, galleries, clients, animal and wildlife sanctuaries and scientists to learn more about the subjects of her work. Her growing understanding of not only the anatomy but the behaviour of many different types of apes, monkeys etc has made her works seem more alive and given her the ability to give justice to each and every animal she portrays.

Lisa keeps the stories of every animal she works with, often keeping track of them their entire lives. Her works vary from her very large sculptures showing sometimes only a finger, an arm or the bust of an animal to silk screen prints and very large drawings.

She is now collaborating with others to branch out yet again and incorporate sound and light into her exhibitions. She is also bringing the newly discovered species of primates that are being  brought into the view of humans because of invasion into their habitat into her works. Her records of these newly found animals sometimes are the first representations that many people see.

Lisa is looking at working with an actor in China to put together an interactive performance and sculpture event based around one of her large pieces. Some of her new ideas are also creating more abstract sculptures based on the lines and marks on the hands and bodies of primates, with possibly lights and sound incorporated.

Lisa took questions after her talk and was very approachable and friendly. She mentioned that a lot of time is devoted in her practice to applying for grants, gaining new funding for projects and basic paperwork. Something that I think many would like to think they would like to avoid in preference to just doing the art, but in reality from everyone I have spoken to who is currently working seriously at their business, is just a fact of life. It was interesting and enjoyable to learn about how an established artist is working on getting this balance of producing the art and running the business right.

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