Carisa Lolmaugh Brings Her Art to Life Through PCC’s Multimedia Program
PCC student and creative director, Clarisa Lolmbaugh has found a home for her art in PCC’s multimedia department. Inspired by all the technology around her, Carisa Lolmaugh engages in production design, visual effects, and graphic motion to work on projects she once literally dreamed of.
A year before virtual reality became publicly available technology,
Lolmaugh dreamt that she was wandering through holographic realities that she, herself had built in full detail.
Lolmaugh remained fascinated by this idea, and in the midst of pursuing a degree in environmental science, dropped it all to study VR technology. “That’s pretty much why I came here. I found out that PCC teaches it and I’m like, I have to go there. They’re [one of] the only community colleges that is teaching cutting edge software that’s going to basically lead to me building holograms in the future,” Lolmaugh said.
As Lolmaugh is finishing her transfer credits at PCC, she is considering continuing her education at Portland State University. In the meantime, she has been able to work on one of the biggest projects in her life. Sepiatonic, a Portland based group, hired Carisa as a creative director for their new music video. With creative control and the biggest budget she has ever recieved to work on a project, Carisa is utilizing 3D printing technology along with other skills she developed in her multimedia courses to create what she describes as a sort of “modern Willy Wonka vibe.” The video is expected to be released this Fall.
Lolmaugh started her career in the fashion industry, where she worked on hair and makeup, clothing design, and backdrops. However, she felt that she often lost creative autonomy in her work when a photographer would step in and alter her vision. Lolmaugh’s desire for creative control is what drove her to learn programs like Maya and Unity in PCC’s multimedia program. Lolmaugh has committed herself to learning the ins and outs of the technology that will advance her artistic vision.
Lolmaugh’s affinity for technology comes through not only as a vehicle for artistic expression, but in her ability to utilize social media as a means to access broader audiences than the traditional parameters of the art world could afford her. Lolmaugh is fascinated by the way that people perceive and assume the success of many artists like herself. “I’m not motivated by commercial interest or by anything like that remotely. I think for some people that’s hard to grasp, like ‘why are you doing this especially if you’re not always making good money?’ or something like that, but
you just have this drive that eats at you, that you have to create and you have to create the way you want to,”
Lolmaugh says the pace of Portland has changed her perspective on how she wishes to approach her work, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Involvement in Portland’s music and festival scene has opened up new avenues for Lolmaugh, and allowed her to expand her artist network. “I think at this point in my life, I’m really looking to settle into the kind of artist I want to be, and create that in the community,” Lolmaugh said.
If you want to keep up with Carisa Lolmaugh’s work, check out her website : carisalolmaughdesign.com