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.