The Art360 series, part of Adults’ Night Out, continues on June 6 with artist Lisa Albinger. See our interview with her below.

Q: How would you describe your art?

A: My art explores the realms of mind, body, and nature. The symbolism in my art evokes the animal kingdom, surrealism, psychology and raw imagination. It is a cornucopia of sorts whether I’m honoring an animal, life situation, or another person. There is always a message and story to be unearthed and experienced.

Q: Where does your greatest inspiration come from?

A: Experiencing everyday situations and knowing I can morph them into stories and lessons in my art that touch people’s lives.

Q: What is your favorite piece and why?

A: The “Heatmeister,” because it represents the excess heat I have in my heart. The painting expresses the importance and reality of dualities; yin and yang, hot and cold, what is perceived as good and bad.

Q: Do you think that science influences your work at all? If so, how?

A: Yes, science certainly influences my work as I incorporate astronomy, anatomy, and alchemy routinely. I’m interested in gaining knowledge and living a conscious life. Recycling is a conscious choice and an important one for all life forms. In my work I adhere found objects once deemed as trash and give them a new life and meaning.

Q: Do you think that science will continue to influence your work in the future and in what ways?

A: Absolutely. My work is beginning to reflect my scoliosis and the adjustments my organs are experiencing because of the curvature of my spine. I am learning what foods my body can and can’t thrive on and making necessary changes. It’s alchemy at its finest and it looks like I’ll have a plethora of inspiration for future paintings.

Q: How do you think that having your art displayed on such a large surface like the Planetarium dome will influence your work and the viewer’s perception of your work?

A: My work is so detailed that one has to get up close to really take in all the fine detail like the scratches I make with toothpicks. Much of the detail is painted using a pointy cotton swab which leaves different marks than a brush would. I think the large projection will invite the viewer in and encourage them to explore the myriad of visual possibilities in my work. We all have our stories, and I look forward to seeing how the viewer merges their story with my art.

Visit Arizona Science Center, June 6 to meet Lisa Albinger and explore her work in a unique and immersive experience as it comes to life on the dome of the Dorrance Planetarium!

July’s Adults’ Night Out will be canceled due to the July 4 holiday. Make sure to mark your calendars for the next Adults’ Night Out on August 1!

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