While Mr. Forager & I are on the road, making our way to California, we’re rerunning Artsy Forager’s most popular posts. This post originally published on February 7, 2012 and got a huge bump thanks to being featured on the Freshly Pressed WordPress feature. Enjoy!
I love it when painters explore their 3-dimensional side. I’m not talking about donning special sunglasses to see the latest technology driven flick. I mean, when artists who normally work in 2-dimensions explore the world of sculpture. The result is often magical, their paintings come to life! Seattle artist Liz Tran ( an Artsy Forager fave ) brings her color saturated paintings to life in ceramic form.
My Rayonier, glazed ceramic, acrylic ink, acrylic paint, 19x15x9
Perhaps what draws me to Liz’s work time and time again is her obvious love for the outdoors and the way she expresses that affection in joyful color and whimsical lines. The sculpture above, My Rainer, holds a special draw for me, as Mount Rainier is my favorite mountain. Rainier has been the site of some wonderful memories for my husband and I, and Liz has captured its magic in such a unique way.
My Rayonier ( detail ), glazed ceramic, acrylic ink, acrylic paint
Of course, who could forget her twisting, multi-hued trees? She mimics their shapes and winding branches in these ceramic creations. In this form, they almost take on an alien-like quality, which I am totally digging.
Backbone Two, glazed ceramic, wood, acrylic ink, acrylic paint, 5x5x36
Then there are her Backbone pieces, which I must confess, are my fave! They are one part tree trunk + one part stacked tea cup + one part graphic color = total wonderfulness! How amazing would a grouping of these be in a children’s hospital? Or tucked away in a garden?
To see more of Liz Tran’s sculptures and paintings, please visit her website. You can also check out my feature on Liz’s paintings here.
All images are via the artist’s website.