Lisa Occhipinti is an artist, photographer, author and instructor based in Venice CA. Her art, centered on books, is abstract yet narrative in both her two-dimensional work and her assemblages. Combining digital photography on fabric with embroidery, she tells fluent stories by editing together images of and from books, as well as from life, then enhancing the surfaces with hand-stitched pattern and texture. She also takes portrait photos of books to capture their singularities. Her sculptures, where parts of books are assembled into bespoke forms, are concerned with the inner lives and histories of books as objects.
She has written and illustrated The Repurposed Library (STC/Abrams) and her Bookmobiles have been included in a compendium on paper arts titled Papercraft (Gestalten). Most recently she has contributed as an essayist to The Laws of Subtraction by Matthew May (McGraw-Hill).
WIth a BA in Fine Art, Lisa has studied in France with Parsons School of Design and in Italy with The School of Visual Arts. She was a faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art for five years. While there she coordinated and taught their first summer abroad program at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland. She has also taught at the Art Center at the Currier Museum of Art, and the Brentwood Art Center and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.