Seed of Life


 ...and yet, things continue to unfold (III)

Erika Lizée 



Artist Statement

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception." -Aldous Huxley

I am awed by the vast intricacies of world we live in. With an ever-shifting and nebulous boundary between what is known and unknown, our limited understanding of life is constantly in flux. Phenomena that were once considered inexplicable or magical are continually redefined by scientific discovery. Creative and innovative thinking pushes the boundaries of what exists and what is accepted.  The strange becomes familiar through the passage of time and the acquisition of knowledge.  With this greater understanding, perceptions are altered.  The collective consciousness expands, and paradigms shift as we begin to think about the world around us in new ways.  All of this combines with the complex ways in which we internally create our own notions of reality based on perceptions, beliefs, and filters.

Through my artwork I seek to express the conflicting feelings of wonder and uncertainty that I experience when contemplating the fluid and impermanent nature of reality. Conceptually, my inquiry spans from the morphing of human understanding from what is unknown to known, to the creative process of manifesting our thoughts from the intangible to the tangible, to the existential questions of our relationship to both the invisible and visible realms. 

In my installations I am building from the idea that walls can serve as physical and metaphorical barriers. I imagine the surface of a wall to be a threshold, with a hidden and undefined world existing within. Using illusionistic painting, mysterious and abstract elements appear beneath the wall’s surface, while others emerge from this space into the physical realm of the viewer. Trompe l’oeil and sculptural paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to spark a sense of wonder in the viewer. This creates a transformative experience as one’s perceptions shift with greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space. The installation serves as a metaphor for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences.