Studio Artist Sandra Liu’s Visions exhibition will be virtually showcased in the Frank Ratchye Project Space Gallery. This new body of work is an archive of drawings saturated in color that are representative of the artist’s emotions during the shelter-in-place restrictions and pandemic.

“I had a lot of limited materials- I’m usually an oil painter and I haven’t had access to my studio and I haven’t had the desire to paint much at home because it is a shared space. Colored pencils became a material to me because I could make drawings that were small, quick and intimate. The first one came about because I was dealing with a lot of stress and health problems so there were days when I sat on my bed doing nothing- watching YouTube videos just to kill the time. One day I thought I’m just wasting time. It sucks but sitting here doing nothing makes it worse for me. After this moment I created a color pencil drawing and then I decided to draw in this notebook whenever I felt terrible.”

Read more about Liu’s work here and view her solo exhibition Visions on Root Division Virtual here on view from July 16  - August 11, 2020.


More about Sandra Liu:
Liu's work hones in on the complicated and detailed nature of looking. Her work collages close-up images of flowers into different eyes, sourced from Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974), Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes (1964), and images of her friends and herself. Liu studies cinema, with an emphasis on the horror genre, and is fascinated with their utilization of vision. Eyes hold major significance in film and painting history, attributing this sense to the unrelenting gaze of the viewer. Liu experiments by cropping the eye to create unfamiliarity, fear, and mystique. Blending together portraiture, nostalgia, and fiction, the eye becomes a mystic symbol, abstract icon, and pulsating light. Regardless of the form Liu's work takes, what comes first is always a sensation; before a coherent narrative can be formed, an emotional experience is first communicated

The Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space provides a gallery for Root Division artists to connect and engage in dialogue around the work being made on site, and to exhibit their art to the public. The Project Space is located on our rear mezzanine, and is free and open to the public during gallery hours in conjunction with the current exhibition. This space is made possible with the generous support of Ed Frank and Sarah Ratchye.