🖤Aliza and Her Monsters x @revolutionscoffee, Aug-Sep 2020.
After people, animals are a relief. I’ve been making the same painting ever since I was a kid. I didn’t have the most wonderful family dynamic growing up: a very broken home from a young age with very angry parents. There just wasn’t a whole lot of space for my sister and I. Painting animals was always the get-away from how awful people can be to each other. It became a visual language for what I don’t have the vocabulary to write about.
I return to a lot of the same subjects, my monsters, and find a lot of comfort being able to revisit them when I need to. Sometimes it helps. Other times, well, shoot, other times you just feel like a raw pulverized garbage ball of emotions and you simply cannot paint your way out of it.
If you can paint something well enough, in a small way, it can never die. We are doing a fine job, here. The world is being totaled, our connection with the natural world of the wild all but disappearing. Animals are being lost, the earth is burning and our oceans boiling. I want to respond to what I see, particularly the things that break my heart or spark me up in such a way that I can't help but also tell my own story in the paint.
And maybe that’s what this is all about. This is me holding together and keeping alive the fragmented parts of the world and myself.
This is me in my small world, with my big paintings and hard feelings.
And, most importantly,
all my monsters.
I hope you can go see my first ever show.
🖼 curated by @analogsomer , frames by @kenkreisman , packaging stencils for everything by @glowfrienddesigns
Limited edition, signed prints (size options) of this piece, “Stay Wild, Moon Child” now available directly on my website: http://www.alizaandhermonsters.com
Aliza and Her Monsters