Liza Sylvestre holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Minnesota. Her art practice started in Miami, Fl where she lived for over six years before returning to her home city of Minneapolis. Sylvestre's work has been shown nationally in many cities including Miami, FL, Berkeley, CA and Portsmouth, NH. She recently completed a 25 piece commission for the 4 star James Hotel on Miami Beach and one of her paintings is now part of the permanent collection at the Rochester Museum of Fine Art in New Hampshire. Sylvestre is the co-founder of Creating Language Through Arts, an educational arts residency that focuses on using art as a means of communication when there are language barriers present due to hearing loss. In 2014 she was awarded both an Artist Initiative and an Arts Learning Grant from the MN State Arts Board.
My artwork is the result of an intuitive process and is a reflection of the space I enter when I am creating. I lean over my work, a stiffness in the tips of my fingers. I carry my body around. I write my body down. Fiber by fiber. Cell by cell. The hours are long and I have never been more aware of how my good body aches.
My experience of the world has been altered and defined by a significant and progressive hearing loss that started in early childhood. It is a distinct lens through which I experience my self and the world. My latest body of work is a visual investigation of my senses and how my body experiences my senses. What does sound look like? How does it move through the body? How do senses attach themselves to each other and mix up?