PD PRESENTS: BROOKLYN ARTIST LIZA LACROIX FOR POPPS PACKING SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAM
“Liza Lacroix subverts the canon of painting, rejecting a singular concept of abstraction. Her work is a culmination of figuration, formalism and ultimately catharsis. Lacroix’s recent series draws from the mythic narrative of the void, specifically inspired by Kali’s extermination of the ego.”
Lacroix’s influences to become an artist stem from her bloodline. “My grandmother was an oil painter and also my dad’s side of the family is made up of painters and photographers,” she explained to Seen Heard Known magazine. She began formal training in her teens before attending the Ontario College of Art and Design. While completing her BFA at OCAD, she participated in their Satellite Program in Florence, Italy. She says it was during her time abroad that, “I made the big switch from acrylics to oil paints which changed my work tremendously. I also developed a body of work without an assignment given by a professor for the first time. It was a life changing experience and created the foundation for my studio practice today.”
It was a longer, slower process out of which she changed her developing focus of the figure. Becoming frustrated with a classic approach, she realized her love for abstract work and abandoned her reservations going “full throttle” in a fresh direction. As her technique progressed further into Abstraction, it simultaneously became increasingly emotionally-charged. One series in particular repeatedly takes the viewer to the bedside of a woman, scorned. Depicted in heavy, dark colors in deep hues of red, blue, and umber, the room conveys her distraught, heart-broken, state. Hope eventually finds its way to her in later paintings of the series through the windows and glowing table lamps depicted in rich shades of ochre. She explains,
“I used to work from fashion editorials and interior design images simply because they had the most interesting compositions and incredible color; it’s what I had quick and easy access to. Now, I work from memory and a collection of paintings by my favorite painters like Philip Guston, Rothko, Richard Aldrich and Torey Thornton, to name a few.”
During her residency, Lacroix will continue her evolution as an abstract painter, further exploring her materials and color palette by transforming existing paintings into collage elements for new paintings. These new works will be presented in a solo exhibition at Popps Packing on Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Popps Packing is an experimental arts venue aimed at promoting dialog and cultural exchange between the local, national and international communities through exhibitions, performances, workshops and artist residencies.
They offer a place to work creatively in a way that is informed by and responds to the local surroundings, stimulating innovative exploration while providing a platform for local residents and visitors to engage with the art community and each other. The artistic production and social interaction facilitated at Popps Packing presents multiple points of access into modes of expression and neighborhood dynamics. The goal is to inject positive activity into our neighborhood and foster cultural exchange through creative endeavors.
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