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Liz Lauter fuses the realms of painting, ceramics, glass, and Botany in her sculptural artwork. She draws inspiration from a rich tapestry of artistic traditions, weaving connections between diverse cultural influences and feminist narratives.
At the core of her artistic vision lies a deep appreciation for the inherent value and meaning of the objet d’art. Inspired by embellished ceremonial objects, she creates artworks that invite viewers into a Feminine narrative of decorative wonder, elevating functional objects to ceremonial status. Simultaneously, the folk-art aesthetic infuses her work with playfulness and directness. The theme of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden encompasses her work in narrative and abstract forms.
Her work fuses influences from Mexican folk-art Tree of Life (Arbol de La Vida) candelabras to Islamic textile arts, to Italian majolica ceramics. The vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and the celebration of ornamentation in these artistic traditions become three-dimensional in her work.
Her series of abstract, botanical decorative forms are manifestations of Eve as a universal symbol. These evolve from free standing anthropomorphic forms to wall mounted “internal landscapes” which distill the decorative to abstract collages.
As an artist embracing ornamentation, she challenges patriarchal notions of value and artistic worth, intentionally reminding us of the hierarchy in art criticism that traditionally places the decorative arts in a secondary role, as “women’s work.”
In addition to exploring themes of beauty, ornamentation, and femininity, her work embraces playfulness and autobiographical memories. Through the titles of her Adam and Eve pieces, she infuses personal emotions and experiences related to the universal roles of wife and mother. These titles serve as entry points into the narratives, inviting the viewer to revisit Eve’s perspective in the story of “Adam & Eve”.
Her artistic practice takes a multimedia approach, incorporating ceramic sculpture, pottery, fused glass techniques, hand-made and found beads, decorative majolica ceramic painting techniques, botanical illustration, fine art canvas painting, and watercolor painting.
I explore the feminine journey through Eve's eyes.
My fascination with the Arbol de La Vida-Tree of Life candelabra form from Mexican folk art underlies my work, which straddles decorative craft and sculpture."
Visit my other website to see my functional ceramics and other projects.