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Interview with Mallory Battista and Lisa Soranaka

Mallory Battista & Lisa Soranaka
Photo: Megan Kennedy (Rogue Heart Media)
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Artists Mallory Battista (L) and Lisa Soranaka (R) pose with a sketch of "Sun Shine Through"

Artists Lisa Soranaka and Mallory Battista on their SAGA-funded "Sun Shine Through"

Artists Lisa Soranaka and Mallory Battista head into the studio with E.J. Iannelli to talk about "Sun Shine Through," a large concrete and glass/tile mosaic sculpture they're creating together.

Once completed, the sculpture is intended to be installed along the North Monroe hill on the border of Spokane's Emerson-Garfield and North Hill neighborhoods, where it will serve as a dual-sided gateway landmark.

"Sun Shine Through" is being constructed at The Hive, the Spokane Public Library's studio space where Battista and Soranaka will have a residency into 2023. Construction will involve several community workshops where members of the public can make tiles that will be incorporated into the structure.

The materials for the project are being funded in part through the Spokane Arts Grant Award (SAGA) program. "Sun Shine Through" is one of nine projects or initiatives to receive funding during SAGA's second application round of 2022, which closed in June.

SAGA is an annual competitive grant process administered by Spokane Arts. It’s on track this year to allocate nearly $150,000 in financial support directly to artists and organizations.