We thought you might like a little more insight into the editorial minds involved in our publishing process, so here’s a peek into the world of our Visual Culture team!
Editor Lisa Goodrum has been a part of the I.B.Tauris cohort for five fantastic years, moving from production through to editorial. With a background in fashion, she is one of our most stylish staff members and brings a keen, critical eye to the Visual Culture list. Her remit covers art, critical theory, gender, and popular culture – publishing on everything from Derrida to dungarees.
Lisa Goodrum is usually stationed at her desk in the ‘editorial square,’ adorned with headphones and statement glasses, her focus dialed up to maximum. However, this week diverges from the norm as she’s currently immersed in the College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles (yes, we attempted to tag along discreetly).
Influenced by this experience and the trending #WhyILoveArt hashtag on Twitter (yes, our team is teeming with millennials), we managed to snag a few moments of her time before her departure to the West Coast. We asked her to share some of her cherished artworks with us, and here’s what she had to say:
“I’m drawn to art because of its ability to reshape our perspectives on various broader topics like sexuality, gender, race, and socioeconomic status. It gives voice to individuals who might otherwise feel marginalized, affirming their humanity. One particularly striking and relevant example is Kehinde Wiley’s portraits of young African-American men, in which he elevates them to the status of heroic historical figures. Among these, my personal favorite is ‘Napoleon Leading the Army.'”
Another incredible piece is Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, which I was lucky enough to see at the Brooklyn Museum. She literally gives women who have been erased from history a seat at the table and restores them to their rightful place.
I’m a big photography fan and I have recently discovered LaToya Ruby Frazier whose images portray a side of American life that is rarely discussed and people whose situation successive governments have failed to improve. Particularly striking are her pictures from Flint in Michigan where lead contaminated the drinking water supply.
Finally, Tim Walker is my favorite fashion photographer. His work is magical and he situates his subjects in a fashion fairyland in which he plays with proportion and perspective to create truly unique images. This picture of Karen Elson, where she is transformed into a doll-like character, is one of my favorites.”