MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017, 2014
Artist StatementStemming from an interest in human response and reaction to the built environment, as compared with that of our distant ancestors who made the natural world their home, my work aims to synthesize elements of both worlds embarking on the challenge of providing a material and experiential response to the predicament of life in the contemporary paradigm. Many of my objects and participatory experiences simulate nature and social interaction, becoming a surrogate for a given user; easing discomfort, and acting as a stopgap to temporarily fulfill the need for contact with the original. Other works point out dividing lines between individuals and/or the individual and nature. The language of product design is often used in the work as a tool to emphasize need and solution, in this case the need is for contact with the ephemera of nature and with one another. The unattainable goal of replacing our communal experiences of nature with a man made product is sardonically highlighted as works fail to live up to expectations.
Lisa Dillin is a Baltimore-based artist working in sculpture as well as participatory art practices. Her work utilizes a variety of fabrication methodologies as well as digital photography and other processes to explore possibilities for surrogate objects and experiences for the ephemera of nature. Dillin earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and sculpture from Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and her Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Her work has been selected for exhibition at various venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum, Guest Spot and Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD, Washington Project for the Arts and Flashpoint in Washington, D.C., Artspace in New Haven, CT, and Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY. Dillin was 2012 Sondheim Prize Finalist, a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist award recipient and the second place prize winner of the Trawick Awards in 2014. Dillin is currently represented the Hamiltonian Gallery in DC.