Although the process of painting the brain was intuitive and the resulting imagery was abstract, the paint began to take on the visual characteristics of neurons. Each spot of paint became a soma and each drip formed axons and dendrites. Despite popular belief, creativity does not originate from one side of the brain, but utilizes many different regions working together as a team. Somata is an artistic interpretation of the mapping of the creative brain.
Channelling subjects such as dream imagery, imagined landscapes, geodes, outer space and the Big Bang, Liz Tran explores the shapes of nature, with the infusion of fantastical, pulsing synthetic hues.
The psychedelic visuals are harvested from the place where inner-verse meets outer-verse, where optical misfires combine with a vacuum pull moving at the speed of light. Through painting, sculpture and installation, she creates atmospheres that aim to activate.
Tran’s work is included in collections of the City of Seattle (Portable Works Collection), Vulcan Inc., Capital One, Baer Art Center, Camac Art Centre, The El Paso Children’s Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, The King County Public Art Collection and The Child Center.
Tran resides in Seattle, Wash. She has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants, including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust, the Clowes Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the Nellie Cornish Scholarship and residency at The Camac Art Centre in France, The Baer Art Center in Iceland, Jentel, Millay Colony for the Arts and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking.