Introducing a solo show of new paintings, “Sense of Magic” by artist Liz LaManche at the Parish Center for the Arts, Westford MA, September through October. Show dates: Sept. 11- Oct. 28, 2021. Opening reception will be Sunday September 19, noon-4pm.
“Each one is a spell, or a meditation” explains artist LaManche. “These paintings are about meditating on my true desires- for spiritual growth, for the world. We create reality by focusing our thoughts and intentions. In this series of recent work I’m visualizing our hopes and dreams, and creating symbolic representations- informed by street art, graphic design, blackwork tattooing, and the painting medium at hand. Each is the focus of a desire- but they also offered a chance for free association and free play. Many are also inscribed on the back with a “devotion”- other things the holder of the work can do to make that thing come about.”
The works marry a background in alternative spirituality with a lifetime’s study of iconography: “I’m interested by the way humans use visual symbols to focus their intentions, speaking to the conscious and unconscious mind, to create reality. This has been true since the earliest cave paintings (which we now think may have been created by women)- through many systems including the common human practice of tattooing, where ordinary people use personally relevant graphics to create physical symbolic reminders of things they value or wish for (often closeness to a loved one or group, protection, personal goals.) By holding our goals in mind, we begin the magic of creating a new and better world.”
About Liz LaManche
Liz LaManche is a street artist and public artist with a background in architecture, graphic design and software design. Her public art projects often involve navigating the built environment and have a goal of creating beauty and meaning in our shared spaces.
LaManche has been a 3-time winner of the Boston Public Space Invitational, and has created murals for Google, Oxfam America and many local cities and towns. She has a BA in Architecture from Yale University, advised by ornamentalist Kent Bloomer. She has taught design at Tufts University and consulted to the MIT Media Lab, and consults with cities and towns on creating welcoming, meaningful pedestrian spaces using art and design, color, and wayfinding.
LaManche is a Westford resident with studio presence in Lowell and Somerville, MA. Find current and past work, or contact the artist, at Earthsign.com
About Parish Center for the Arts
The PCA is a private, non-profit arts center located in a historic building on the town common in Westford, Massachusetts. Its mission is to increase an Arts’ awareness and appreciation and to provide a variety of visual and performing arts within the community. The historic building at 10 Lincoln Street on the old town green was purchased in 1998 from The First Parish Church United by the Westford Historical Society.
The Gallery is open to the public Sundays from noon to 2pm, and can also be viewed while the Parish Center is open for events and meetings. Their schedule is available at https://westford.org/pca/.