On Friday Oct 30th we’re stoked to return with photography curator Lisa Sutcliffe who will be speaking on “Shock.” (Surprise! It will also be the first year anniversary of CreativeMornings/Milwaukee!) Lisa will be weaving together history and her love for the medium as she speaks on photography’s surprising and mysterious ways. Below we asked a few questions to get to better know Lisa.

What do you typically eat for breakfast?

Yogurt, granola and fruit. And coffee, of course! 

What do people know you for?

My commitment to building community engagement with photography and media arts. My willingness to say yes too often. My absurd sense of humor. 

How is Milwaukee special to you?

This is an especially exciting time to be at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It’s a wonderful opportunity to shape the future of photography and media arts in the Herzfeld Center, our brand new space. And more importantly, the community is so warm - I’ve loved getting to know the people here.

What may people not know about you?

My favorite piece of art in my home is a painting my mother made with my brother when he was five years old. If I had to describe it I would say it depicts a spider-dog and an excessively curly-haired boy fishing for a flying squirrel. 

What drives your creativity?

I find that I have my best ideas when I’m jogging, taking a shower, or just about to fall asleep. Something about letting the mind relax encourages creativity. 

What are you going to talk to us about this month?

Since the inception of photography, we’ve used the camera voyeuristically to photograph things we aren’t supposed to look at. What ultimately makes a picture shocking - its subject, its framing or its style - can be surprising.  It’s a medium that often works in mysterious ways.