Anissa Lewis and Lizz Godfroy

Inside Artists' Heads

Lizz Godfroy and Anissa Lewis

Lizz Godfroy (left) and Anissa Lewis

During the month of May, artists Anissa Lewis and Lizz Godfroy are mounting a multimedia collaborative experiment called Vault, which opens Friday at Covington's Leapin' Lizard Gallery. Here, the duo shares their motivations, in their own words. (Tamera Lenz Muente)

Godfroy: Cooking meals and drinking wine with friends; Nabokov on a rainy day; that first day in spring when I can smell the earth again. I have always been a scavenger of sorts.I collect bits and pieces of life, discarded by strangers and nature, objects with history and a story to tell.

As a child I was encouraged to notice the details of life. I would pick up anything in my path: dead bugs, bits of colored glass, bones, broken figurines, anything with possibility.Cultivating stories and ideas, arranging objects and images, I am curator of my own museum. I combine these objects to create a larger, more complex story that I leave to the viewer to decipher.

Lewis: Waking up to a sun-filled room; Erykah Badu's remake of Chaka Khan's "Stay"; people who have less than me but do more with it than I can. Life is always profoundly beautiful. Being present in the everyday is so important: paying attention, being empathetic, participating, even enjoying great food. I work hard to fill my life with people, places and things that challenge me to do better. Good art cannot exist otherwise. My work is a resistance to complacency; every project is a lesson learned.

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