In her drawings and canvas paintings, Erika Lizée seeks to reveal the hidden, energetic interactions between flora and the surroundings they inhabit. Abstracted plant life emits ethereal and luminous forms that transcend our notions of natural phenomena. The viewer is often transported into a realm where pure essence radiates from bulbous pods and reaching petals, whispering a private invitation to the moment. It is the artist's hope that in these works the viewer will connect with the intimacy of the event unfolding before their eyes.
The use of illusion in Lizée's work is important, as it gives rise to simultaneous feelings of wonder and uncertainty in viewers. For the artist, it serves as a metaphor for how we can feel such awe for the beauty, complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in, while also harboring intense feelings of doubt and anxiety surrounding the big questions relating to where we come from, what our purpose is, and what happens when we eventually move beyond this life.