In an effort to lift spirits, spread positive energy and support those around us, Artful Living has partnered with artist Anna Lisabeth to create the exclusive art print “A Moment Interrupted.” A portion of proceeds will benefit Women for Political Change. Here, she shares with us the inspiration behind this artwork, how quarantine has reshaped her process as an artist and more.
At what point in your life did you start making art?
I’ve always had an interest in art but didn’t really think to attempt it myself until my sophomore year of college. I was very sick and had been spending most of my time in bed. I started with hand lettering and that progressed to illustration. What began as a hobby quickly transformed into a purpose and a calling — a way to share my story on my own terms. In 2018, I underwent a lifesaving heart and lung transplant. The recovery was extremely complicated, and I spent eight months in the hospital, incapable of making art. Since regaining my ability, my purpose has definitely been solidified. I use art as an instrument and a celebration to share my joy and my grief.
How would you describe the style of your work?
The one word that comes to mind is “poetic,” which makes sense as I am also a poet. My art often feels like an extension of the words I’m trying to say. There is typically a greater story or a higher meaning behind what I create. Most of my pieces are an observation of the world around me — a slightly whimsical, distanced capture of the reality we’re all experiencing.
Has quarantine evolved your process?
Absolutely! For one, I’ve had a lot more time on my hands, so my art has really had space to expand and grow. Additionally, my art has been informed by this time of social reckoning. I’ve become more aware of my voice, how it should be used and when it should be withheld. I always want my art to be informed by the human experience, and that’s becoming more and more true with each day lately.
What inspired the creation of this print?
A couple different things played into this piece. I wanted to portray this feeling of normality forgotten and the idea that we have left something behind. “A Moment Interrupted” is a reminder of how quickly things have changed in the world. The haunting concept of a gathering or celebration being abandoned and left behind for the sake of greater work that needs to be done. I think this season has been a heavy one. We’ve all had to dig deep and do a lot of labor, forsaking quite a bit of comfort. And I wanted this piece to be a reminder of that as we move into whatever comes next.
A portion of proceeds from this print will benefit Women for Political Change. Why did you choose this organization?
I think the mission of Women for Political Change is absolutely wonderful. I really value that the organization prioritizes those under extreme marginalization first, which is often BIPOC individuals living with disabilities. This is something I’m personally very invested in. As someone who has lived with a disability her whole life, I’m aware of the burden and hurdles it can create, but I’m also very aware of my privilege as a white woman with economic and familial support. This is not the story everyone is afforded, and I think it’s so important to highlight those of greatest need.