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.
I build my installations from the idea that gallery walls can serve as symbolic thresholds between life and death, between what is known and unknown. Beyond the wall’s surface, mysterious and complex biomorphic forms coalesce within the structures of sacred geometry, while other forms expand and emerge 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 installations serve as a metaphor for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. For me, these works also speak to the deep-rooted questions we have always faced in relation to the existence of the universe and our role in it.
Erika Lizée is a Los Angeles-based artist that creates drawings, paintings, and site-specific installations. Her artwork has been shown throughout the United States and abroad. Within the past few years, Ms. Lizée has created installations for ArtShare LA, the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), BLAM Los Angeles, and The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. In October of 2017 she will be having a solo show at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, HiFructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre Magazines. Additionally, Ms. Lizée is the Art Department Chair at Moorpark College, and serves as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery.