Monday, July 14, 2014

Elements Unheard at the MacRostie Art Center











My solo show "Elements Unheard" opened at the MacRostie Art Center last Friday. It was a great night with an impressive crowd and I didn't pass out during my artist talk, so that's good.

It has been a year of deadlines and lots and lots of time in the studio working. I am thankful to have work that I love and spaces to show that work in. I'm thankful to be an artist working in the state of Minnesota. I am thankful to have been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to complete the work for this show. I am thankful to have a partner who believes in me and who understands what it means to be an artist and who was right there while I went through the highs and lows of creating all of this work. 

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.












































Haematic Susurrus I
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
21.5" x 29.5"







































Haematic Susurrus II
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
21.5" x 29.5"







































Element LVII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
12" x 24"







































Element LVIII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
12" x 24"







































Element XXX
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
11" x 14"







































Element XXXI
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
11" x 14"







































Element XXXII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
11" x 14"







































Element XXXIII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
11" x 14"



Element XXXIV
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
9" x 12"







































Element XXXV
Acrylic and Ink Panel
9" x 12"







































Element XXXVI
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
9" x 12"







































Element XXXVII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
9" x 12"






































Element XXXVIII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
10" x 10"






































Element XXXIX
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
10" x 10"






































Element XL
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
10" x 10"







































Element XLI  - SOLD
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
8" x 10"






























Element XLII
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
10" x 8"

























Element XLIII

























Element XLIV

























Element XLV

























Element XLVI - SOLD

























Element XLVII

























Element XLVIII

























Element L

























Element LI - SOLD

























Element LII - SOLD

























Element LIII

























Element LIV

























Element LV - SOLD







































Element LVI - SOLD
Acrylic and Ink on Panel
16" x 20"


It was important to me that I explore some larger scaled works for this show. These are acrylic paintings and they are very much paintings (with none of the drawing that is found in my mixed media work). I loved the experience of engaging more of my whole body during the creation of these pieces. I loved that it was a lot of physical work and that I would ache by the end of the day. I loved that at night I would close my eyes and see colors blooming before I drifted off to sleep. Feels like the beginning of something I want to explore more.







































Mazarine Tessitura
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 48"






































Circular Tessitura
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 48"




Monday, June 30, 2014

Elements Unheard at the MacRostie Art Center



























My solo show Elements Unheard opens at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN next month.

MacRostie Art Center
405 1st Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

I am lucky and honored to say that I received an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board to produce the work for this show which is a visual investigation of my senses and how I experience my self and the world through them. Below is the Artist Statement I have produced for this show:

My artwork is the result of an intuitive process and is a reflection of the space I enter when I am creating. I lean over my paintings, a stiffness in the tips of my fingers. I carry my body around. I write my body down. Fiber by fiber. Cell by cell. The hours are long and I have never been more aware of how my good body aches.  
My experience of the world has been altered and defined by a significant and progressive hearing loss that started in early childhood. It is a distinct lens through which I perceive my self and the world. Through this latest body of work I am conducting a visual investigation of my senses and how my body experiences these senses. What does sound look like? How does it move through my body? How do my senses attach themselves to each other and mix up? 




Liza Sylvestre is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an artist initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CREATE MOVE COMMUNICATE


Since January I have been working with two amazing ladies, Angela Olson and Canae Weiss, teaching art classes at a public arts magnet elementary school in St. Paul. The three of us come from different artistic backgrounds and we have varying hearing abilities/disabilities. Together we are teaching both mainstream and Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing students that art is a means of communication that transcends barriers presented by hearing abilities/inabilities. 

This is a project that I have been dreaming about for years. And now, thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant, it is real and in full swing. 

I have just started a blog which will document our work. If you'd like you can see it here:  
http://createmovecommunicate.blogspot.com/

Below is an example of one of our lesson plans.

Emotions and Art
I recently led a lesson plan about emotions and art. Each class started with a discussion about emotions - what are the different emotions we feel? How do these emotions show up in artwork? I showed examples of how different artists throughout history have shown emotions through their artwork - either through their subject matter, symbolism, color, or the body language of the figures in their artwork. 

Then students were asked to make traces of their bodies - I asked them to use their body shapes to convey an emotion that they wanted to express. And then I gave them plenty of time to color in their body shapes. Students were asked to put different things inside their body shapes - things that make them happy, or colors that make them feel a certain emotion. 

It was pretty cool to see what these young people came up with!





I love how expressive this face is. It reminds me so much of the student, who is always smiling and curious.































I asked this guy why he put a blue circle in the middle of his body. His reply? "We talked about how the color blue could represent the feeling/emotion 'calm'. And so I made a blue heart because my heart is calm."

video


VIDEO CAPTIONING
Student: "I am trying to think of, if I could reach into my body and pull out my emotions, what would I see?"

Interviewer: "And what do you think?"

Student: "Um, a lot of bright colors. A lot of different shapes...are coming up."

Interviewer: "Pretty cool!"

Friday, April 11, 2014

N E W W O R K
















1/ I Open and Close
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
22" x 30"
2/ Nighttime Seeping into Both Sides of the Day
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
18" x 18"
3/ The Morning Started in Pieces Far Out on the Water
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
18" x 18"
4/ The Consistent Shuffle, the Steady Stretch
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
18" x 18"
5/ To Show you Who I am I Dove Into the Sea
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
16" x 20"
6/ Element XXI
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
7/ Element XXII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
8/ Element XXIII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
9/ Element XXIV
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
10/ Element XXV
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
11/ Element XXVI
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
12/ Element XXVII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
13/ Element XXVIII
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"
14/ Element XXIX
Acrylic and Archival Ink on Panel
10" x 10"