Artist Statement

Artist Statement

by Liz Layton

I create art that thematically explores ideas of adolescence, mysticism, dreams, femininity, depression, and the afterlife, under the lens of motherhood.   

I have previously created films and paintings in Iceland that depict or “channel” a historically important Icelandic woman and prophetess, named Thordis.  My most recent work features a similar act of channeling, but of my family’s matriarchs.

I am a young woman who lost my mother three months prior to becoming a mother, myself.  I am constantly exploring what it means to both celebrate life and grieve at its loss. Intrinsically affected by my diagnosis of PTSD and depression, my art has formally become influenced by the psychology of grief and most significantly by the study of James Marcia’s theory of the “MAMA Cycles.”  

I am artistically influenced by the likes of Eva Hesse, Minna Gilligan, Elsa Schiaparelli, Buried Diamond, Sofia Coppola, Franz Kline, Basquiat, Jim Jarmusch, and Red Grooms.

I most often work with mixed media that includes holographic or iridescent materials, in efforts of creating a reflective surface that visually interacts with the viewer in real-time.  Conceptually, my materials create a dialogue that combines the tangible with the intangible, or symbolically, with the spirit and the human.

The entirety of my work explores and ruminates on the collaboration and separateness of the child and the “womb.”

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