Opening reception Sunday March 15th 4-7pm
GALA Exhibits 127 Maryland Avenue Glendale Ca 91206
GALA Exhibits, a curatorial project in the City of Glendale, Ca, is grateful for the support from the City of Glendale Arts and Culture Commission and is funded through the Urban Art Program.
“Growing up in the woods of Northern Wisconsin, much of my childhood was spent discovering nature. I have a particularly vivid memory of studying the unfurling coils of a fiddlehead fern, and finding the mystery and beauty of this event to be a moving experience. I have always been intrigued by the strange yet familiar aspects of the natural world, and the relationships between these elements and unknown forces that bring them to life.
In my work, I seek to express the sense of awe and wonder that I experience when contemplating the intricate and fluid nature of reality. With a fuzzy and ever-shifting 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. With this greater understanding, the collective consciousness expands; perceptions are altered and we begin to think about the world around us in new ways.
In my current installations, I am investigating the relationship between the known and unknown, the visible and invisible, the tangible and intangible. Trompe l’oeil illusions and sculptural acrylic paintings work in conjunction with actual light and shadow to play with the perceptions of the viewer. The installations serve as a metaphor for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. Ultimately, I seek to create lavish environments that contemplate and reflect the beauty and mysteries of life.”
Erika Lizée was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her BFA in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and her MFA in Painting from California State University, Northridge. Ms. Lizée works in the mediums of drawing, painting, and installation. She exhibits throughout the United States and abroad, and is currently working on an installation project to be exhibited within the Los Angeles International Airport. Ms. Lizée is an Associate Professor of Art at Moorpark College; teaching Painting, Two-Dimensional Design, and Gallery Practices. She also serves as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. Ms. Lizée resides in West Hills, California, with her husband and two young children.