Lisa's background is interesting, she's actually a fiction writer, and started collage when dealing with some writer's block. She says her collages involve story-telling with the plot left up to the viewer—and I believe a lot of collage artists follow this approach. She creates a problem for the viewer to solve with just a few carefully selected images.
Name (Real or Screename): Lisa Eisenbrey
URL (Blog, Website): www.simpletoenchant.com
Location (Where are you from?): Austin, Texas
Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Cut and paste irreverent narrative collage.
Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I’ll work with pretty much anything, but my favourite materials are old magazines and books.
Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: For about ten years. I'm also a fiction writer, and the collage started up at a time when I was struggling with writing. It comes from the same place. The collage work is also storytelling, only the plot is left up to the viewer.
Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work in a cubicle.
Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I took one design class. Does that count?
Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Generally I start with one object or background image and then search around to see what might "go" with it. It’s like putting together a puzzle. It almost always ends up as something completely different than whatever my initial idea might have been.
Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favorite is always changing. One of my current favorites is Song of the Manwich.
Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: So many. Just a few—Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Julie Speed, Walton Ford, and Lance Letscher.