Lisa Adams: Vicissitudes of Circumstance

A few months ago, Los Angeles artist Lisa Adams asked if I would mind reviewing her latest book. Titled Lisa Adams: Vicissitudes of Circumstance, and co-authored by the writers of the introductory essays (James Scarborough and Ezrha Jean Black), the book covers the past four or five years of her artistic work. I already owned the book and loved the work, so of course I agreed.

At first, Ms. Adams’ request “fell off my desk top,” so to speak. I was busy and forgot about my promise. When I finally remembered, I realized I had absolutely no idea where to begin. Lisa’s work hits me with reality, fantasy, science, sociology, past, present, future, as well as improbability and possibility–all at the same time.

Worse, I suddenly remembered I know nothing about art. Everything I know about art I learned in junior high, when my art teacher was the man who became George Segal, famous sculptor (and he wasn’t discovered until I was in college!). I realized I agreed to review the book because of what her art says to me and not because of anything I know about art movements, color, composition, light–all those topics that artsy people roll from their tongues.

Bottom line: Lisa’s work speaks to me and the way I think. I call her work mind candy because it evokes ideas and feelings and… Well, you get the picture.

Take a minute or two to read the review I finally came up with. Just please keep in mind that this is a weak stab at the way I feel about her art.

On Lisa Adams Book.docx – Google Docs

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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o3hdfeT8SHaIb-yt3N2c6fvZwmX6EiUJqvGenONxmVY

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About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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