We had the good fortune of connecting with Loli DiSanto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Loli, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I didn’t study art in school. I wasn’t even the kind of kid to doodle in a notebook! I was a bit of a bookworm and studied medicine my whole life. Until I had children, I was a practicing physician assistant
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I mentioned earlier, the main focus of my work is centered around the pop art eggs that I create. Each egg is made from a paper mache base, then I decide upon and paint its pattern throughout, then I carefully apply fine crystals to the entire piece one by one. This process takes about one week and in the end the sculpture is covered in over 10,000 crystals. Some of my favorite patterns have been; bananas, dollar signs, and lips. However, my personal masterpiece was a commission I had recently to create a russian doll design on an egg. To be honest, I was not certain it would work. I had never done anything like that before, but I try to be a very positive person and I never back down from a challenge. It took several weeks to research face styles, traditional designs, certain fashion elements looking at pictures from the runway, etc. I gave 150% of myself to this piece, it was very rewarding seeing the piece unfold and the final product was just lovely.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am always partial to an art museum, an art fair, and farmer’s markets. There are always interesting people to meet and talk to at an open air market, you learn about their process and I think it helps you appreciate the final product more, no matter what it is. Otherwise I like to entertain at my home. It sounds a little boring but I love welcoming guests; dressing up with house with fresh flowers and candles, cooking and talking/ laughing over drinks, in an environment where I know my guests are being taken care of to the best of my ability.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband and my children are my biggest fans, my honest opinions, my inspiration, and my daily dose of encouragement. I could not in any way do what I do without them. Major credit also goes out to my friend and fellow artist named David who mentored me for a couple years, he taught me about color theory, structure, and intention with my work. My work wouldn’t be what it is today if he had not challenged me with one small question that haunted me for months. What would happen if I took one of my pieces “off the wall” and reimagined it as its own being…what would that look like? That resulted in the crystal studded eggs that have become the focus of my work.