We Are Very Angry

01/20/17

Shortly after the election in November, I sat down with Maria Molfino, who hosts the podcast Heroine: Women’s Creative Leadership. We weren’t sitting down to talk about the election. In fact, we mostly talk about other things — things like what I was like as a kid (and how that changed when I hit puberty), and women stepping into their creative power, and the unsexy parts of my work. I hope you will give it a listen*.

But inevitably, at the end of the podcast, Maria asked me about using my art for activism. At the time the podcast was recorded the election had just happened. In some ways, I was still in shock. Even though I’ve never been shy about sharing my views online, I was just then beginning to think about how I would use both my art and my platform online to express my views and influence others in a more powerful way. I also talked about this very thing with Sandi over at Crafty Planner in our recent podcast episode, also recorded after the election. It’s been on my mind a lot. It’s something I think about nearly every day.

My question has been: how will I use my social media platform and my creative expression to contribute to activism?

In the last two months I have made some major shifts in this area. I have begun to care less about losing followers or attracting trolls, and I have begun caring more about speaking my truth, regardless of what happens as a result. I have begun to participate in fundraisers and political campaigns online. I have begun donating part of the money I make as an artist to organizations and political causes I care about. I have been openly expressing my grief to my 125,000 Instagram followers.

Part of that shift has come from watching other artists, in particular fellow women artists, speak their beliefs on social media and through their actions. It has been one of the most inspiring and liberating experiences of my life to sit amongst so many creatives expressing their dismay and anger.

Yes, we are angry!

We are very angry.

That’s right: YOU ARE NOT ALONE in your anger or sadness or grief.

You are not alone!

For me, action has helped keep me from falling into the pit of despair.

Here are some things I am doing, and I encourage you to do too:

+Use your pain to express yourself.
+Make time to express your feelings and beliefs through your art.
+Own your anger or frustration. Do not let others tell you to “settle down.”
+Be authentic: say what you feel and in a way that you would say it. Speak your truth!
+Stop worrying about whether people will stop following you or like what you post.
+Participate in fundraisers with your work.
+Support causes you care about through your art — raise money, encourage others to donate, do pro-bono work for them.
+Connect with other artists who are also interested in using their work and platforms to shed light on political issues and human rights issues you care about; collaborate with them!
+Research workshops in your community that teach about activism for artists. Participate in local initiatives.
+Follow and support fellow artists who are using their platforms to express themselves. This is a time to unite!

Tomorrow I am off to the Women’s March in Portland. Next week you’ll see a short video I made for a post-election cause I’m very excited about. After that, other things. I will not remain quiet.

In love and light,
Lisa

*If you enjoy Maria’s Heroine podcast, you can also find it & subscribe to future episodes in iTunes here: bit.ly/herpod

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New Podcast: Crafty Planner

01/09/17

I’m super honored to be featured on Sandi Hazlewood’s long-running podcast series Crafty Planner. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Sandi and I hope you enjoy the podcast! You can listen to it here.

Happy Monday!

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New Podcast with Danielle Krysa!

11/21/16

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Friends, I am so happy to let you know about my latest podcast recording — this one with Danielle Krysa (aka The Jealous Curator) while she was here in Portland recently on a book tour for her latest book Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk.

This is my second recording with Danielle and we had a great conversation about inner critics, imposter syndrome, the ego, insecurity, self doubt and all the other stuff that plagues us. I hope you will give it a listen!

Happy Monday!

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New Podcast: Naked & Inside Out

10/18/16

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Hi friends, recently I recorded a podcast with Janine Toro who records Naked & Inside Out, a lifestyle podcast highlighting members of the LGBTQ community, learning about their personal journeys, risks, careers paths and coming out experiences. Janine and I talked about my path in life and art.

I’m honored to be featured, and you can listen here! Enjoy!

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New Podcast: Chapter Be

10/13/16

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I’m super excited to share with you my most recent podcast I recorded with Kirsten Blake of Chapter Be. You can also see what Kirsten wrote about me and the questionnaire I filled out for her here.

In the podcast we discuss the beginning stages creative endeavors, the importance of putting work out into the world even before you are ready and my feelings about the term late bloomer.

Enjoy!

 

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