ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I went to Mills College in Oakland for my art education. The fact that it was a women’s college whose purpose was to “help women find their voices” was irrelevant to me when I chose it. I didn’t think I needed that! I chose Mills because I had seen my friend Debbie’s work grow into a powerful and authentic expression of her own passions as a result of studying under Hung Liu at Mills and I wanted that to happen to me.
Yes, Hung Liu showed me what prolific, powerful, and honest artistic expression looked like and how authentic work could affect other people emotionally and intellectually. And, like a thirsty sponge, I soaked up all I could learn about contemporary art thought and process from a great conceptual artist and thinker, the photographer Catherine Wagner. I am grateful to both of them.
But, I found something else at Mills, something that would become indispensible to my art-making. I found an environment which honors and nurtures women to expose and share their deepest truths and to take the necessary risks to grow beyond their imagined limitations. The abiding culture of determination, challenge and courage at Mills and the women – both faculty and students – who offer and embrace that culture are truly my mentors.
After graduating in 2000 from Mills with a BA in Studio Art (with high honors), I began my professional studio practice. I have remained involved in promoting the arts as the founder of a long-standing East Bay critique group and an organizer and manager at an artist-run gallery. I also served for many years on the board of directors and, for on year, as co-president of the International Encaustic Artists organization.
Today, I am represented at GearBox Gallery in Oakland, CA.
See her list of awards and shows here: phyllislasche.com