Moan Lisa

Biography

I began creating visual artwork on a daily basis shortly after the death of my four year old son, Gabriel; I found it a way of coping with the utter blackness that would set on me. I have no formal training in art beyond high school, other than a brief drawing class that I eventually dropped out of because of conflicting ideas with my teacher about art. My main medium has always been the postal system; I’m a mail artist and have played with many different formats within that system, but my general method of construction is creating digital collages using the program Gimp. I’ve had my rubber stamp carvings on display at the Chicago Rubber Stamp Museum, specifically a series I created entitled “Rat Anus Manifesto,” a work collecting some of my ideas about what art is to me, and how it can be made to be more inclusive for the general public.



My work in mail art has given me a chance to connect with a wide variety of people, and I’ve had works on display all over the globe. But the largest reason I do it is because for the most part the people have been very supportive of my work and my living in general, and I’ve needed a lot of that support. There have been a handful of times I’ve dealt with censorship of my works, both online and in the postal system, and this is to me about the worst part of networking that I can tell.



My beliefs on art are mixed, and never very stable. In my manifesto, one of the rubber stampings says, “This manifesto is bullshit,” which I included so as to give a negation for any specific part that might be referenced. I think static perceptions of art are no good and that it’s better to dissolve one’s self into a bath of open-mindedness. Aside from that, much of the manifesto deals with the idea of muddying the waters between “high art” and “low art” and encouraging people to create despite their inability to be “that famous painter who’s in that one museum.” Mail art is a great example of freedom from the bounds of this old school philosophy. Using some of my beliefs from this manifesto, especially with the rubber stamping “Art is for everyone,” in mind, I created a network of “non-artists” using Google+ as a medium in order to create what I called “Moan Lisa’s Art Akademie.” It was a daily assignment handed out to those wishing to participate, so they could create a work based around the theme I announced, and post their work in the stream the next day for others to see.



What I would like to do with my art is to have it reflect the changes in my life; I’m in the middle of a divorce now, and have already had my four year old die on me. There’s a lot of pain in life, but also happiness; I would like to be able to better express what I am feeling in the work, to be more attuned to the happenings in the piece as I create it. To let myself be medium between the emotions and the physical (or digital) art-object.

Where to find Moan Lisa online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Water is Your Friend
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Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A book by Moan Lisa and Lesley Collier, springing from a long poetic discourse. It speaks of the death of romance, of hopes, of dreams flung on a sea without the bottle to contain and protect them, wide open to the elements; it speaks of us...
Conceptual Sin
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Price: Free! Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A book of poetry on the subjects of death, God, sin, love, and hope that there is a better future.
No Signal
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Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(5.00 from 1 review)
A book of poetry on the subjects of death, God, sin, love, and hope that there is a better future.
Hail
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Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A book of poetry on the subjects of death, God, sin, love, and hope that there is a better future.
For Pete's Sake
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Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Post-separation anxiety. The troubles which keep you awake at night; resonating scars.
Division
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Price: Free! Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Divorce, and a series of gestures into the void; but there are no answers there.
Hunter
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Price: Free! Words: 740. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(5.00 from 1 review)
Separation, divorce, love and loss; it's about the muse and the failure to grasp onto her when all is at its end.
Swine
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Price: Free! Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(5.00 from 1 review)
Divorce, love, pretending to one's self it isn't over; death of a relationship, the precursor to it.
Resolution
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Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A book of poetry on the subjects of death, God, sin, love, and hope that there is a better future.
X-Ray
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Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
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X-Ray is a short book of poems touching on the subject of God and the afterlife.
The Difference
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Price: Free! Words: 37,460. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A book of poetry. These are poems from the heart, much of this volume touches on questions of spirituality and faith through a darker lens; there is love lost and hopelessness. Nature's revolt against the flesh and spirit. It is a depressive work.
Ariadne
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Price: Free! Words: 27,210. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Poems from the heart, a mixture of love and romance, religion and spirituality, magic and the occult; sex and desire; these poems were written during a time of emotional distress, and may reflect that well.
Apocalypse
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Price: Free! Words: 29,020. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Poems of the muse, of love and desire; and of religion and death. These are the outcome of many writings by the author and have progressed from simpler small poems into longer, more in depth verses.
Fame
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Price: Free! Words: 22,330. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
The muse is someone who inspires an artist to create; this is a book largely centered around the idea of the muse, she is fashioned as something unreal and extraordinary; her beauty exceeds the sun. Among other themes are birth, death, religion, and nature
The Necromancer
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Price: Free! Words: 8,560. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Love and death, and the wish that you can bring back someone you love from the grave; longing and desire; a complex turn of events as she finds love in the ordinary and the real.
Untitled
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Price: Free! Words: 12,980. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
A discourse on love, hate, religion; sexuality and much more; these are poems set in darkness and with the pain of depression, as well as lighter feelings of love.
Canary
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Price: Free! Words: 30,360. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
This is a book of poems about desire, love, longing; with other themes threaded throughout the pages. The idea of the muse plays an important role in this volume, and is constantly being referred to. She is the heart of the tome.
Art Is Dead.
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Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
ART IS DEAD is a book about loss, death, and the pain which lingers on afterwards; written through the eyes of a woman who has miscarried. Her pain is my pain, and if you would like to I will share that with you. The work was interrupted halfway through, and the second half of the book deals with my trying to find my artistic grounding again; as such, it is chaotic. The work itself was miscarried

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