2003 MFA, Columbia University
1996 BA, Brandeis University
Lisi Raskin focuses her practice on the aesthetics, politics, and anxiety surrounding the military-industrial complex, particularly with regard to Cold War-era activities. She works most often with large-scale installations that become complete environments, in which she has performed and also displayed her own paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Her research on twentieth-century militarism has taken her to the Arctic Circle, Scotland, former East German and Yugoslav atomic bunkers, and the American West. For Armada (2009), at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, Raskin created paintings and sculptures based on forms she found at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, a storage facility for military airplanes in Arizona. More recently, she has collaborated with the artist Kimberly Kay on the ongoing project MotorPark, whereby Raskin and Kay are transforming a functional school bus into a mobile hub for creative activity. MotorPark has already served as a stage for community-based art initiatives where it is parked in Portland, Maine, and once it is ready to travel, Raskin and Kay plan to stage lectures, film screenings, studio-based classes, and other programming around the country.
Lisi Raskin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.