Lisa Solomon


Senjukannon (1,000 Buddha Hands), 2016, by Lisa Solomon

Senjukannon (1,000 Buddha Hands), 2016. Embroidery on letterpress print. Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles.

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“These threads are often a tribute to the process, but they also invoke ideas of memory, the passage of time, and even grief. I use thread to literally make connections, to signify relationships, to mark time and distance, to highlight desires and longings.”—Lisa Solomon

About the Artist

Lisa Solomon is a mixed media artist, professor, workshop facilitator, and freelance illustrator/graphic designer. Her work questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity through the exploration of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts.

As a half Japanese, half Jewish woman, hybridization is part of her DNA. She harvests traditions from both cultures and is inspired by the handicrafts. She often refers to symbols and practices from Japanese Buddhism. The Senju Kannon is the 1,000-armed Buddha—the bodhisattva of compassion, who comes to help those in need and distress in the human world. 

Lisa Solomon was born in Tucson, Arizona and now resides in Oakland. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College in 2003. She has had residencies at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Kala Art Institute, Oakland Museum of California, and Palo Alto Art Center. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. She is the author of A Field Guide to Color and Crayola: A Visual Biography of the World’s Most Famous Crayon