Liz London’s artwork explores the realms and depths of her personal transformations carried through her life by identification with symbolism and layered abstraction.
By blending and layering different levels of mixed media, her art work provides visual form to honor our lives for what we often perceive as ordinary in our day to day, transforming our often-mundane human experiences into profound significance. What is hidden or partially revealed is an important aspect of her work, much like excavation of a recently found ancient civilization that may provide a clue or a lost link re-joining us to our questions of spirit, God or faith.
Her intuitive art process often obscures the previous history of the surface and in its texturing often mimics death, rebirth, and both the frailty and resiliency of life. Symbols used are often doorways, portals or entrances into other worlds, universes or ‘inner’ landscapes. As inspiration she often uses photography from explorations throughout her travels, capturing forgotten and abandoned landscapes combined with symbolic representations. Discarded personal detritus or found surfaces evoke a sense of history and lead to questions that are meant to incite new ideas within the viewer that alter one’s stream of consciousness. In each painting or sculpture, what is left behind is a recurring theme in the work, something that is missing within, a clue a puzzle that beckons the viewer into the piece to be discovered.Fictional landscapes recall the passage of time and create a mysterious, surreal and emotional sense of place. The work is not meant to be literally narrative but is left open to individual interpretation and self discovery.“I am learning that my art is a philosophical exploration and that my art-making involves a mysterious process of self-discovery.”
London considers herself an abstract impressionist artist, the painting being most importantly about composition, form, shape and color much like her predecessors in the transcendental painting movement (New Mexico 1938-1942) such as William Lumpkins, Emil Bisttram and Dane Rudhyar. Liz feels William Lumpkins’ quotes expresses her art process as well, “One doesn’t seek to understand the inner self, one allows the inner self to live and create its own image.”
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