The Head Cowgirl and Victor Babu: Visiting artist Marilyn Lysohir

Audience members at Marilyn Lisohir’s premier of her video “Victor Babu”(Photo by Mo Dickens)

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming visiting artist Marilyn Lysohir to the KCAI ceramics department. As a ceramic sculptor, she works with concepts of self-recognition, memory, and takes inspiration from her family and friends. This inspiration carried over into her now booming chocolate business, Cowgirl Chocolates,  which began with her brother’s idea of combining pepper and chocolates. She has taught here at KCAI twice (in 1993 and in 1997) as a sabbatical step-in. and was welcomed back as a part of the family with a heart warming gift to friend and old colleague: Victor Babu. In tandem with her figure sculpting, Marilyn has investigated different forms and applications of film making. Her latest film piece is a memoir to Victor and his irreplaceable contribution to the KCAI ceramics department. The film premiered right here, at KCAI, with many friends, past students and colleagues of Victor. Current students attended the showing and enjoyed the first hand view of Victor’s personality, teaching, and working style. Marilyn gave Victor a personal preview of the film at his home. She also participated in one on one critiques with many appreciative ceramics students, and gave multiple presentations about her art and delicious chocolates. Thank you Marilyn!