Lisa Hochstein

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A collection of sheet music covers from the early-to-mid-1900’s has been the source material for my collage work since 2009. The colors and typography of an earlier era draw me to this material, as does the pleasure of rummaging through other peoples’ castoffs at flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores.

My use of vintage material brings the past into a sometimes-uneasy relationship with the present, as questions arise about preservation, destruction, and transformation. The finished works range from precise geometric constructions to more fluid, painterly compositions. They resonate with my own intermittent pangs of nostalgia and my curiosity about individual and collective histories.


After receiving my BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I spent several years in Barcelona, Spain, painting and teaching English. I returned to the U.S. in 1991 and lived mostly in the Boston area before moving to Santa Cruz in 2002. I have been an exhibiting artist in Santa Cruz County’s Open Studios since 2003 and have had work in numerous local and national shows.