san francisco based artist lisa neimeth was kind enough to share a sneak peek into her beautiful studio today. after catching a quick glimpse of her (converted chicken-coop!) studio earlier this month, i think we were all curious to see more. so lisa was kind enough to send over some beautiful photos of the interior and garden. enjoy! as always, you can click here for larger (and extra) images and here for more information on lisa’s beautiful work.
We live in an 1886 dairy farmhouse near Golden Gate Park and the ocean in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco surrounded by giant Monterey Cyprus trees and the typical urban detritus that comes with living in big city. However, on the occasional clear quiet night, I can hear the “who-ing” of the owl that resides in our big trees–pretty magical and reminds me of why I am so inspired in my work by wildlife-urban and natural that surrounds our home. Behind the house is my oasis–the converted chicken coop that has morphed into my studio–a little light, water, tile and sheetrock goes a long way-though after a good rain, some creatures move in with me though the worn walls.
While toiling away in the studio–I look at a grassy mound that we planted that reminds me of the dunes out at the beach– I also get to glance out at the fishpond-that was brimming with koi fish until recently when an ambitious raccoon got to them! The patter of neighborhood cats and squirrels prance about on the roof and many many birds stop to visit my sculptural installations that dot the backyard. I am grateful everyday for being able to live in this fabulous city with all of its inspiring urban iconography–but still feel like I live in the country–made all the more special that any day an earthquake–perhaps the “big one” may arrive. We are banking on the hope that this house has survived 2 major ones already and is still standing..proud. and that owl is watching over us too!
The “birds in the grass”-are remnants of clay–what I make out of the clay cut away from the plates. These will get sold with proceeds going to a local nonprofit organic farm!