Dedicated to the practice of making art on the street, Lmnopi focuses on engaging the public in a profound way by offering her portraits in environments of urban decay adding an element of surprise and texture to street life. These unexpected moments of intimacy invite the viewer to connect with the people she paints. Her skillful brushwork & signature palette lend her works of art an unmistakable timbre. A terrain of strength and humor, defiance and resilience, love and bravery emanate from the faces of the women and children she paints. These private moments in the public sphere draw attention to people who are living at the front lines of climate change, racism & war and ground the viewer in the awareness of the commonality of what it means to be human in these times.
The artist behind Lmnopi is a traditionally trained painter & printmaker who began creating both sanctioned and unsanctioned interventions in the public arena under the name Lmnopi in 2009. A lifelong background of activism, community organizing & humanitarianism has driven her unwavering commitment to utilize her artistic skills to amplify voices deeply rooted within human rights, climate justice, Black Lives Matter & Indigenous Rights movements. She has a studio practice of drawing, painting and dreaming up viral memes to educate, agitate and organize.
Former projects include Earth First in the late 1980’s, founding a community arts venue called What is Art? in Santa Cruz 1994-2000, spearheading the earthquake relief project Domes for Haiti in 2010, artist in residence at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park in 2011, one of the founding members of Occupy Sandy the hurricane relief project in 2012 and she joined the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock in the fall and winter of 2016. She currently maintains a studio in Brooklyn, NYC.
Two archives of Lmnopi’s work were acquired by the prestigious Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2017. Her print work is part of a historical archive of Occupy artists titled Occuprint which is in the collections of many distinguished universities, museums & libraries such as Harvard University Art Library, Stanford, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art. Her public works can be found on the streets of cities across the United States, Mexico, Canada & Haiti.
She is currently being represented by Booklyn; an artist run nonprofit that promotes the work of living artists who deal with provocative subject matter.