Lisa Giobbi


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About LisaGiobbiDESIGN

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Artist Statement

On stage, I explore the physicality of the body in anti-gravitational space, and associated cultural and personal notions of ascent and descent, of flight and fall. Flying is a metaphor for the universal desire for freedom: freedom from political, personal, and physical limitations, freedom from our inevitable return to the earth. I express these desires through the performing and plastic arts.

I came to this through a beautiful, if slightly monstrous, childhood fantasy. While very young I heard a story that our scapula tips were the beginning of angel wings which would only mature upon my death. The realm of fantasy and reality are blurred in childhood and in my case I took this story seriously enough to spend hours developing the muscles to isolate and manipulate the scapula in the hopes of fast tracking my wings. In a way, it did, because the first piece I choreographed, for Moses Pendleton of Pilobolus, featured this ability and launched my dance career. My choreography lifted off the stage as a result of my many years working in circus arts, where I melded high aerial work and modern dance techniques for the fine arts stage. Over time I evolved a movement vocabulary based on notions of flight that stimulated primal feelings in audiences.

My sculpture and sculptured jewelry is an extension of these fascinations. I manipulate the figures in my jewelry pieces much as I choreograph for a dancer: they investigate the human form in space, the idea of weight verses weightlessness, and the nature of exhibition verses privacy, whether it be the engagement of the dancer and audience or the wearer of my pieces and the public who sees them. My sculptures takes this further, asking the audience to get so close to them that their breath practically oxidizes the bronze. One doesn't wear my sculptures, but their relationship with the audience is just as personal. Indeed, the jewelry pieces are wearable sculptures, and the sculptures are jewelry in their dimension and intimacy. I sculpt as much for the space that isn't occupied as for the space that is.

The pieces are created using the lost wax casting process, an ancient technique used for making jewelry and sculpture since the Chalcolithic period in the middle east (4500-3500BCE). My works are hand molded in wax mixed with oil paint. The wax sculptures are set in a rubber mold, which hardens and creates the negative space of the sculpture. Occasionally when the mold is opened, the wax sculpture can be retrieved with only partial damage, as exemplified by my Partials charms. Molten gold, bronze, or sterling silver are poured into the cavity of the mold. When the metal cools, it is released from the mold, ground, polished, and finished.

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