Lisa Sheets

To the Better World
8″x24″; collage and Prismacolor pencil on wood panel; 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Sheets
Kenmore, Washington, USA


Lisa Sheets’ mixed media collages often explore history, gender roles, and cultural norms, and how these things impact our lives. Sheets uses combinations of religious and historical iconography along with pop culture images, creating a lens to examine a glimpse into our history and reflect on its influence on our present. She often uses repetition and digital manipulation of source images to emphasize key imagery and create symmetrical compositions. She is fascinated by the constantly shifting and changing roles that shape us, and examines how we unravel those roles through history.

Her most recent work documents the ongoing experience of sheltering at home / quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how our experiences parallel those of our ancestors who weathered the 1918 flu epidemic. Through researching historical materials from the last pandemic, Sheets seeks to create images that offer clarity and hope in the current challenges of our modern crisis.


My early background is in music, art and psychology. I earned a BA in Psychology and Art (sculpture and printmaking emphasis) with a minor in Music (flute) from Western Illinois University. Following that I completed an MFA in cast metal sculpture at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

In the 1990s, I owned Smart Art Studio/Gallery in Pioneer Square/Seattle, Washington, and in 2000 I created an art resource space for workshops and art studio rentals called Artspawn Studios in Woodinville, Washington. Since then, in addition to running Artspawn, I have worked in collage, book arts, and printmaking.

My work has addressed themes of female self image, women’s roles throughout history, ways we challenge those constraints, and how we explore them deeply to find authenticity. More recently, I have created a series of works delving into the similarities between the 1918 flu epidemic and our current worldwide pandemic.

My sculptures are in the collections of the Cities of Kirkland, Redmond, and Mountlake Terrace, all in the state of Washington. My collages are in the collections of the State of Washington, University of Washington Medical Center, University of Washington Book Arts Collection, the Doug + Laurie Kanyer Art Collection, Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.


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Unprecedented Times
9″x12″; collage on watercolor paper; 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
The Rainbow
15″x11″; collage on watercolor paper; 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
It Was a Shock to Us
15″x11″; collage and Prismacolor pencil on watercolor paper; 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Cautiously Optimistic
11″x15″; collage and Prismacolor pencil on watercolor paper; 2020. Courtesy of the artist.