matter is neither…

created nor destroyed…the total amount of mass and energy in the universe is constant. —Law of Conservation of Mass, discovered by Antoine Lavoisier in 1785

matter: the formless substratum of all things which exists only potentially and upon which form acts to produce realities —Merriam Webster

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of matter and how I spend my time, resources, and energy. I’m not a first responder, teacher, food producer, or any of the many admirable front line workers that kept us going during this remarkably challenging COVID19 year.

I’m an artist and making things and thinking about making things takes up a lot of my time…most actually. I think in potential constantly to produce other realities.

So, does making art in my basement studio matter in any way right now?

I just don’t know.

Here’s what I do know. I was unsettled the other day. I cleaned my studio. There was a lot of cardboard. I rescued it from the recycling. I created the work below. I felt much more settled.

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

—Chinese proverb

My models really did STRUT their stuff.

lisa lillibridge dakota 1966 willa runway strut

willa close up  lillibridge dakota 1966 strut

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Lillibridge dakota 1966 runway Lucy strut

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lisa lillibridge STRUT maggie runway

Lisa Lillibridge maggie close up of bag and skirt

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Photos by Fritz Senftleber of Burlington, Vermont
Thanks Fritz. The photos turned our beautifully.

nesting

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Yesterday, on a rainy Vermont morning I walked out into my garden with my coffee to see what was blooming. I was surprised to find a nest in the middle of the yard. It was beautiful and tragic at the same time. The nesting material included plastic garbage bags. Although I am a big proponent of using recycled materials, I have felt a little sad every time I look at the nest. I thought the best way to honor the innovative upcycling was to turn the photo into yet another work of art. Here is the print I came up with when I played with the image.

nest print Lillibridge dakota 1966