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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Liese Chavez

Liese Chavez

Touching the past with a brush dipped in paint...

When I was small, I remember lying on my back under a side table in my
Grandparents' house. The tabletop was a round slab of marble, out of which
grew a lamp with lead crystal teardrops dangling from a filigree bloom .
There was a circlet of these crystals beneath the lamp as well and I watched
the front parlor glow in the half-light reflected from these tiny worlds of
faceted glass. In that private world just a few inches from the floor, the
chairs all had carved feet on the bottom and way above me near the ceiling I
could see the undersides of little animal faces in the corners of the
mouldings. I would climb up the steep stairs to the dusty attic with crates
of 45 records and the secret-seeming low doors to mysterious things in storage in
the eaves. Sometimes I would hide myself in the tiny sewing room under the
stairs or spend hours pawing through Grammy’s costume jewelry, trying on
clip-on earrings and peeking into lockets. One day I came into my
grandparents’ house and everything looked different. The tiny details were
still there, but I was too tall to see them so intimately anymore. Some of
the magic had disappeared. I have been trying to get back to that magical
world ever since.
This series holds all the nostalgia and strange faces of my past.
I wanted to know what was inside, what was under, what was behind things. I
still do.
Come into the wardrobe with me, let the smell of old faded minks brush your
face and peek with me up onto the high shelf filled with hatboxes and

-Liese Chavez

Raised in Massachusetts but a Colorado transplant since 2000, Liese Chavez’s artwork still carries some of the flavor of the East Coast. A Victorian aesthetic and dry humor will always remind her of home.

Liese took up painting in 2005. She began experimenting with different media and methods of communicating with others through her art. In 2009 she discovered that using narrative and surreal elements in her paintings allowed her to share very personal moments or humor with her viewers. Liese believes people are more alike than they are different and that each painting has the potential to reflect back to the viewer a valuable part of their history. As a result of her strong desire to make her characters more sensitive she has been studying some of the oldest techniques for painting luminous skin such as the Venetian layering technique in oil. Her art education has been achieved through dedicated study of art textbooks and videos combined with daily practice.

The people that Liese paints have inscrutable expressions, in part because they usually reflect a private moment. When we are with ourselves we do not “put on a face” for our own benefit-we are just present, pretending nothing. Sharing the things that make life magical, funny and wondrous is her greatest desire and she hopes you will enjoy the journey. Perhaps you will find a piece of yourself on the way.

1 comment:

Valdja Maria said...

O seu blog,alem de ser bom ,é tambem muito estimulante para quem quer criar,para ter idéias!!!!Obrigada!


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