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Welcome to Lisa's website, a gallery of art, writing, and thought. Lisa is a visual artist, writer, and educator who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Bedlam Collection

“Bedlam boys are bonny,

For they all go bare and they live by the air

And they want no drink nor money.”

  – from Bedlam Boys, English folk song circa 1618


The Classical notion of the mad man as a “Natural,” who lives half-clothed and in the outdoors (harmless if peculiar) poignantly contrasts first-person narratives of being at war with one’s self, as described by people with mental illness.  The Bedlam Collection articulates these disparate ideas in counterpoint, through the use of textile sculpting, batik, and natural materials.