Published on : Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, announces a new art installation titled Transfiguration by Los Angeles artist Erika Lizée in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Using illusionistic acrylic painting and abstract sculptural elements made of Duralar film, Lizée’s site-specific installation explores the idea of a hidden and undefined world existing beyond the visible realm. The installation is on view for ticketed passengers with connecting flights in the Customs Hallway, Arrivals Level, through mid-February 2017.
Lizée’s installations build from the idea that walls can serve as physical and metaphorical barriers. “My work questions one’s relationship to both the visible and invisible realms. I imagine the surface of a wall to be a threshold, and create a portal into another world,” Lizée states. In her installation at LAX, trompe l’oeil and sculptural paintings of mysterious and abstract shapes suggest the wall’s surface has been peeled back to reveal a magical otherworld. Hazy cloud-like tendrils and delicate lavender flowers sculpted from Duralar, a translucent film, seem to waft from the wall into the physical realm of the viewer. Lizée also uses actual light and shadow to spark a sense of wonder in the viewer and create a transformative experience as one’s perceptions shift with a greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space.
The installation serves as a metaphor for the journey of our personal and shared life experiences. Lizée’s wondrous dreamscape transports viewers on a voyage of fluidity and fluctuation, testing our understanding of the familiar and expanding our awareness of the fantastic.