Born in 1967 in Michigan, Auerbach now works and lives in Los Angeles. She uses a range of media such as photography, textiles, magazines, etc. Her work focuses on popular culture, human rights, language of fortune tellers, the rise of mega churches in California and other states, as well as cats. Lisa Anne Auerbach presents her work on sweaters she can avoid the confined space of galleries.
Her work is seen as a “deeply American focus”. Auerbach presents themes of American politics or other truly unique elements of American culture. To convey her messages she uses dark comedy as it really makes the audience think.
After looking at small freelance businesses she was inspired to represent this through the size of her sweaters. Lisa related to these small business as she rode her bike through LA – she was tiny compared to the big cars around her in the same way that these small business are overlooked by the bigger businesses.
To contrast this Lisa also photographs mega-churches, which she tried to photograph in the same way as the small businesses however this was hard due to the contrast in scale. She seemed to find the architecture very uninviting whereas the small businesses were very inviting. To present her mega church project she used a 60×40 inch magazine with a small bit of information about each church and her opinion of it. The second edition of her magazine focuses on private spirituality – this is based around the practice of fortune tellers. These were mainly based around Los Angeles.
Auerbach also started knitting sweaters as this was a cheap art form. She started to do this by hand but today she can use Photoshop and create the design and then uses an electronic kitting machine to produce a replacer of her design in the form of a vintage style sweater. A sweater is a very unique art form but is something more widely seen that an exhibition as the owner can wear it out a see a wider variety of people than the more specific group that may choose to visit a gallery.