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Liza Sylvestre was born in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her summers were spent climbing trees and her winters were full of snow and many layers of sweaters and jackets. Sylvestre's early life and adolescence was defined by a significant and progressive hearing loss. Communication became increasingly dependent on small details that she became sensitive to. This simple physical fact created a very distinct lens through which she processed the world, and continues to process the world.

Sylvestre moved to Miami in 2006 seeking warmth and new experiences. She shares a home studio with artist Luis Diaz.

Artist Statment:
My paintings and drawings grow out of simple things: single marks, a gesture hinted at with an overlapping of color. They require both spontaneity and control and a belief that beauty hangs somewhere in the…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 13
  • Joined March 13, 2010

Favorite materials

micron pens, heavy weight paper, watercolors, gouache, gesso, wood

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About

Liza Sylvestre was born in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her summers were spent climbing trees and her winters were full of snow and many layers of sweaters and jackets. Sylvestre's early life and adolescence was defined by a significant and progressive hearing loss. Communication became increasingly dependent on small details that she became sensitive to. This simple physical fact created a very distinct lens through which she processed the world, and continues to process the world.

Sylvestre moved to Miami in 2006 seeking warmth and new experiences. She shares a home studio with artist Luis Diaz.

Artist Statment:
My paintings and drawings grow out of simple things: single marks, a gesture hinted at with an overlapping of color. They require both spontaneity and control and a belief that beauty hangs somewhere in the balance between those poles.

As I continue to work, and my pieces ripen toward completion, I often feel that I am a caretaker allowing something to grow, a gardener tending to her crop, a biologist taking field notes. I am reacting to what I see in front of me and know that the process of creating depends on a chain of events- each one dependent on the one that comes before it and linked to the ones that will follow. I must have patience as I move through these steps.

Beauty is important to me. The idea that beauty grows out of a place that cannot be planned or completely controlled is even more important. Images of the natural world are often evident in my work - the patterns that light makes on water, the space that a tree canopy creates, stars unfolding in a field of black universe. These images surface naturally because I try to emulate the way the world works. Sand settles on the ocean's bottom the same way that paint sediment does. Rivers of color pour into each other and create new shades. The water leaves as the paint drys and another color and texture is left behind. I feel myself responding and reacting as I manipulate these pieces, and in doing so I get to feel something wild and natural beating in myself.


www.lizasylvestre.com
www.hardrainlight.blogspot.com

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