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Sisters, Twins, Artists

August 4, 2013

Two Paintings

Two Paintings

Sisters, Twins, Artists Lisa & Lori

Sisters, Twins, Artists Lisa & Lori

Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer bring their opposites into collaborative artistic expression.  I was introduced to them at their studio in Bend, Oregon in the historic Old Mill District.  Their current work features fiber art, although their history and skill sets come from diverse beginnings.

Both studied for degrees in art from University of Oregon.  Lisa delved into print making, black and white work, and prefers realistic expression; Lori painted and is a colorist.  They entered their art careers separately but in the recent years began to collaborate using fabric.

They have developed a unique synergy in producing art together – they take turns.  Without a determined subject they literally start with a blank piece of fabric.  One after another they layer ideas and textures until the image begins to formulate.  A finished hanging may contain up to a thousand independent stitched pieces.  Lori said they toggled between landscapes and architecture as a rule and their work has won awards and accolades from collectors.

While it is common for artists to make changes and move into new territory, these twins entered into painting through a phenomenal experiment.  After deciding to explore painting together, they set up canvases and waited.  For weeks they stared at the two blank canvases.  Finally, as their habit is, one said, “Today we will paint.”  There was an hour allotted and they set up easels so they could not see what the other was doing.  After the time was up they compared the work, and the result raises chills, as is evident in the picture of the two paintings.  They both chose practically the same image!

Their individual styles are quite different, even as much about their lives is similar.  It makes for good art.  The arrangement has worked for them over past years – 14 in fiber and 1 in paint. They will continue to grow and explore as the next chapter is written.  They were exhibited all over the world through the US Department of State and are firmly established in the art of Oregon.

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