About the Artist
Lisa Bolduc aka Ratty, Poet and Visual Artist
I am the poet and visual artist behind the beloved, Ratty character. She is a channel for my creative urges. I live in Boston's Back Bay, right by Fenway Park!
Original Art That Is Within Reach
Many desire quality, custom art but it isn’t always within their reach. My art is from the heart, truly unique and affordable. It is guaranteed to enliven any dull space. Some of my prior work has included pet portraits, intimate poems for weddings and personalized gifts. Request a custom made poem or painting, today! Get In Touch.
I love providing pro-bono services for social causes, such as artwork for non-profit auctions or poetry readings on critical topics. Reach out for help with your mission. Get In Touch.
Poetry Workshops for K-8 students
I received training through the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (MassLEAP) on how to facilitate spoken word poetry workshops for students. Previously, I have worked in the Boston, Brookline and Somerville Public School Districts as a teaching fellow, paraprofessional and poetry teacher, respectively. I have also taught poetry at the Fenway Community Center to toddlers. Bring the love of poetry to your students! Get in Touch.
Lastly, you are probably wondering why I call myself Ratty?
Ratty started as a high school nick name. My running coach wanted us to have nick names to spur team spirit. I became the rat and my friend, Brianna became cheese. It was silly, but the name really stuck! Two decades later, many friends still call me Ratty.
As I grew as an artist, I was heavily influenced by Golden Era Hip Hop artists. They encouraged me to pick up the pen and define myself. I decided Ratty would be a great Hip Hop name. Hip Hop names honor self creation and our ability to take back ourselves from the forces that seek to hold us down.
Unfortunately, the mainstream music industry has failed to capture the true spirit of Hip Hop culture. To me, Hip Hop has always been about lifting people up by showing them that through the power of words and self love we can transform what was once unwanted into something beautiful.
In true Hip Hop fashion, Ratty is an acronym representing something deeper. The letters stand for Righteousness And Truth Transform You. Following what we feel is right in our own hearts and having the courage to speak our truths, transforms us into more empowered beings.
I love that people find joy in embracing a scary rodent through my art. It reminds me that art truly does have the power to shift mindsets and change the world.
Thank you for reading and learning about me.
Lisa Bolduc aka Ratty