I dedicate this post to our student and friend LISA-JO, who we lost to a tragic cycling accident this summer.
She was a truly remarkable person I had the pleasure of knowing for such a brief time. One year ago she walked into my classroom, and I just knew we were going to have fun! She had a wonderful child-like sensibility, which we too often lose as we mature. Her drawings and sculpture were so spontaneous and full of life, just like her.
She was so excited to get down and play with any medium and she came up with novel ways of incorporating unconventional things into her sculpture, she would experiment and see what worked and if it didn't... she'd try something else until it worked. Like in the image below, where she took a beef bone that a dog may have chewed and discarded. It was the perfect size and shape for the laundry basket, so she used the bone for a base, then she sculpted over the top of it to look like a wicker basket. She was so excited to show me what she had done - we both had a good laugh because we knew and no one else knew what was under the surface of the dirty laundry basket!!!
Creativity was so spontaneous with her, tempered with a remarkable sophistication of humour and charm that would bring a smile to anyone who saw her work. These two self portraits are a reminder of Lisa - Jo as a young child and as an expectant mom who later had four children... they must have had such fun with her. She was only fifty seven and just so happy to create comics later in life. She delighted in making people laugh and have fun with her unique sense of humour.
I will really miss you, Lisa-Jo... you touched my funny bone, and left us all with some really great comics to read and learn from!