Ohni Lisle

Where are you from and where do you reside?
I was born in Calgary, Canada, and grew up from the age of seven in Houston, Texas. I moved to New York in 2009, the year I graduated college.
Describe a typical day in the studio for you.
First, coffee. Then, I try to force myself to start work as early as possible. The more I put it off, the harder it becomes to start. Then it’s usually bursts of about two hours in the zone followed by breaks until sun down - unless I’m on a deadline.
What is the most difficult part of the artistic process for you?
Starting, tied with not beating myself up.
How has your work developed in the past few years, and how do you see it evolving in the future?
I used to feel like computer and hand made works couldn’t have as much overlap as they do now. I’m happy to keep trying to balance them in my future.
What does balance mean for you?
Balance often looks like, if I hit a wall on the computer, I shift to doing working on the project by hand, and visa versa. I’m trying to avoid being stubborn and completing what’s in my head via the current way I’m making, rather than attempting any new approach.
Since I work both physically and digitally, good mistakes can happen. — Ohni Lisle
What necessities do you require when making your art?
That depends, I usually do a lot of mark making with brushes and pencils, and finalize digitally.
How do you choose your materials?
Usually if I have a job that requires me to work tediously a lot, like a heavily digital or rendered piece, I’ll want my next work to be super hands only and very immediate and primitive. Same goes for the other way around.
Are there any aspects of your process that are left to chance?
Often times, since I work both physically and digitally, good mistakes can happen. Like, a piece of paper falls upside down in a collage and I like it more. Or, a photoshop layer accidentally gets turned off and I like it more. I think being open to following where a piece wants to go is essential, and fun.
Is there something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was born on Halloween.

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