Lisa Crane is a ceramic sculptural artist living in Santa Barbara, California. Her sculptures speak though metaphor and symbolism by combining unexpected elements of differing species, and by placing human or animal elements in unexpected situations. As a psychotherapist primarily treating victims of abuse in Miami and the mountains of North Carolina, Ms. Crane witnessed the effectiveness of communicating though the language of symbolism and metaphor with individuals who were resistant to more traditional communication. Ms. Crane believes these languages of the psyche speak to us in ways that words cannot. For example, in her sculpture, Follow Me into Your Dreams, a woman’s head and shoulders ride along in a boat with a bird scouting ahead at the bow. This piece might symbolize the journey of floating between sleep and wakefulness, the universal experience of making a transition from unawareness to knowing, or perhaps the crossing from life into death.
Ms. Crane studied sculpture at Miami Dade College and workshops with artists Lisa Clague, Debra Fritts, and Suzannah Zucker. In her first show at the Westmont College’s Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Montecito, CA in May, 2018, she won an award for her piece, Follow Me into Your Dreams. Ms. Crane is currently finishing a two-headed diptych and working on a large abstract installation piece.
Lisa Crane sculpts in her home studio with studio pups – Huck, a scruffy terrier, and Crosby, a smiling whippet. Ms. Crane continues to volunteer with children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect in addition to her work as a studio artist.