Lisa Pijuan-Nomura(she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist who works in mixed media collage, story, dance and sound. She currently lives in Hamilton and is the co-founder of Studio Beulah, a community gallery focused on Art, Performance and Community. Alongside her personal art practice Lisa offers support to artists as a creativity coach and an organizer of art happenings. She is focused on MIGHTY BRAVE Youth Arts Collective which helps youth learn about putting your art out into the world. As a storyteller, she creates one person shows which explore themes of family, aging, food made with love and invisibility. For more information please see www.studiobeulah.com
When I was 13 years old I announced to anyone who would listen that I was going to become an artist and work with performance, books and kids. At 15, I found an agent and was auditioning for television and film. I soon became tired of a world where I was typecast and told I wasn’t thin enough, or pretty enough. I was told that I was very talented but just had a “unique” look that they couldn’t quite place. At 25, I left that world and convinced myself that I should not be an artist. Yet here I am 24 years later. I create one woman shows that combine personal story, movement and sound. I became a dance theatre artist and performed with some of my most esteemed mentors. I taught myself how to be a collage artist after being burnt out by curating RED: A Night of Live Performance. And now, I spend my time putting all of those things together to create happenings. I can’t not be a professional artist. I can’t just dabble. I can’t just do it part time. Art has and always will be what I do.