“Try everything and don’t be afraid to fail”, Conversing with the watercolorist and crypto artist Lisa Fogarty.

Lisa Fogarty, Polaroid.

This content is part of the series OUR NFT Journey.

By Fidel Gomez (Phani)

Continuing with our series of interviews with the protagonists of the NFT ecosystem, this time I had the opportunity to talk with the watercolorist and crypto artist Lisa Fogarty, a Self-taught artist with a childhood obsession with comic book girls. A woman painting women, using the female gaze to create new archetypes.  Her Influences include to Alphonse Mucha, Modesty Blaise comic books, Gustav Klimt, John Bauer and Elsa Beskow.

In the words of Lisa this is her art journey:

As a child I filled my notebooks with drawings because I couldn’t focus on school, it bored me. It became a way to cope with boredom and a chaotic home life. As a teenager I was committed to a mental institution and in exchange for “good behavior” I was given all the art supplies I wanted. Around this time I started making websites, something I later made money from while studying to be a social worker. The goal was to help kids like myself and give back the chance I was given. I’ve been making art as a way to cope with anxiety and trauma for at least 30 years.

I leave you with our guest Lisa Fogarty.

Phani: Lisa your work is eclectic, you mix different styles, themes and techniques, but there is a common thread that distinguishes you, your masterful use of watercolor. At the same time in your work I feel a nostalgic feeling. Tell me about these creative processes.

Lisa Fogarty: I started making the nostalgia watercolors as a way to capture blurry childhood memories. Watercolor felt like the perfect fit, being blurry and loose in nature. It had never been my medium of choice before and I had to relearn how I paint to make it work.

PH: Of all your works done so far, which one has represented the greatest challenge and why?

LF: There’s two answers to this – emotionally or technically.

Emotionally it was a series called “TW: Self harm” (you can read more about it here). It was extremely emotional and heartbreaking to travel back to being a kid, a victim, and tell those stories in a public setting.

Technically the hardest was mastering watercolor, sketching I can do fairly well but using a medium with so much personality has been a struggle. This is one of the first pieces where it started to “come together” for me:

Lisa Fogarty, The 64 Controller.

PH: Lisa, what are your sources of inspiration?

LF: It depends on what I’m painting. When it comes to the watercolors it’s conversations or weird memories flashing in my head. The girls usually happen when I flip through my large collection of vintage magazines and I see an article or ad that triggers something inside of me. This is a good example of that:

Lisa Fogarty, Solo Girl.

PH: What do you believe in, what do you love and what do you fear?

LF: I believe in kindness. If you are kind to yourself you become kind to others. Kindness based on wanting something in return is manipulation and ends up being the opposite.

I love having a clear mind and feeling at peace, these are the things I value the most.

I fear attention, vulnerability and success. It’s one of the main reason I’m doing NFTs, it pushes me forward in so many different ways and allows me to grow almost every day.

PH: Lisa, what motivated you to enter the NFT ecosystem, when you entered? Tell me about your experience in the world of crypto art.

LF: It started as a joke sort of. I was told that I could upload photos of my art and someone would buy it with “internet money”. And they did. It was shocking. I sold quite a few pieces before I found out about Twitter and any of this, I had no idea who my buyers were.

I’m cataloging my progress as an artist and figuring a lot of things out along the way. I had no idea I’d end up where I am today and having an all time high of 2 eth seemed impossible when I started and sold for maybe 0.002 per artwork, was in Jan/Feb 2021. 

Lisa Fogarty

PH: What differences do you find between the different NFT platforms or marketplaces?

LF: I’ve heard that different platforms have different buyers but I haven’t experienced that at all. I’ve had the same collectors buy from me from multiple platforms and contracts, even on different currencies.

PH: Of all the blockchains you have your NFTs on, which do you consider to be the best or most appropriate and why?

LF: ETH is where I’ve had the most success and my understanding is that a lot of collectors prefer it. The only other chain I’ve tried out is tezos and the vibe is different. ETH is serious while Tezos is for play.

PH: In your opinion, and according to your experience, how important is it to freeze the metadata of an NFT?

LF: Not sure how frozen metadata actually is. I recently had to reach out to OpenSea and have them change the title of a piece (IP) and they did. For reasons like that I prefer if the metadata isn’t frozen.

PH: But when metadata is not frozen the NFT can be changed, even the original image in the case the work is an image, when you freeze the metadata never can be changed. I think this is the most important function of metadata freeze. What do you think?

LF: Remember that Banksy painting that got shredded? I welcome the metadata version of that.

Lisa Fogarty, Lavender.

PH: Lisa, tell me about your successful experiences in the NFT ecosystem, I know you have managed to get into many collections.

LF: Honestly it’s been confusing and overwhelming, half of the time I don’t know what to think of it.

You have absolutely no control over what collection you end up in or who gets drawn in by your work/personality. Everyone wants to run this like a business but I’m not a business person, I’m a social worker at heart. I care about human connection.

PH: In your opinion, what is the profile that a crypto art collector should have?

LF: With a few exceptions I like the quiet ones, big collector accounts make a lot of noise.

PH: Mention to me some of the collectors of your work, with whom you have a very close relationship.

LF: I don’t really talk to my collectors that often but there’s a few that comment and/or press like on my posts or send me lovely dms encouraging me to keep doing what I’m doing.

PH: Regarding the importance of Twitter in the NFT ecosystem, what have you done and what do you recommend doing? to develop a solid and strong online community.

LF: Be human. The saying “people forget what you said but they remember how you made them feel” is true. The other strategies would be to be a mystery and post only your art and let people figure out who you are based on that. I’m impulsive though and really enjoy the Twitter format so I post all kinds of nonsense.

Lisa Fogarty, Rubiks Cube.

PH: Apart from being an artist you also collect NFTs, tell me about your experience as a collector.

LF: The collector side of NFTs can be exhausting, you get to see the ugly side of this world. I’ve had multiple people dm me suicide threats trying to get a sale. I prefer buying with any indication that I’m considering it. My most expensive purchases have all been very spontaneous, but from artists I’ve followed a long time.

PH: What is art for Lisa Fogarty?

LF: Art is a skill without boundaries. It comes from this urge to *make things* and we all have it. What art we’re drawn to is often explained by this invisible bond we share with the artists; something inside of them also lives inside of us.

PH: Who has supported you throughout your journey in the NFT world?

LF: The biggest support has without a doubt been emotional. There’s been a handful of people looking after me and I am forever grateful to them.

You can see some of their names here.

Lisa Fogarty, Multicolor Pen.

PH: What would you recommend to artists who are entering the NFT ecosystem?

LF: Try everything and don’t be afraid to fail. You learn so much starting out by just *doing it*. But also: Try to organize your collections. And when someone tells you not to do something – keep doing it.

We are very grateful to our guest, Lisa Fogarty, who shared with us her experiences as a crypto artist, many doubts were clarified about the NFT ecosystem.

We will continue with more interviews from within the NFT ecosystem.

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