"I am passionate about giving a voice to the sometimes voiceless. Mostly children who are victims of a system that does not protect them, refugees and mental health issues. This is what drives me, and not being an orator, this is my most effective way of communicating my concerns."
Lize is always curious about ’man’ and his/her thought processes. She prefers to delve deep into the psyche of humans and their circumstances and struggles. Despite that, she always seeks and finds meaning and beauty in the most painful situations and darkest nights of our existence.
Current issues of the day, addressing injustice, creating awareness about certain aspects of life, for instance, mental health, abuse, fear, angst, loss and grief, are all issues that she aims to convey in her work. She feels passionate about the global refugee crisis, the increasing suicide rate, growing intolerance and the threat of the global rising of fascism.
In other words, her work is mostly about the human condition, regardless of age, race, culture, or religion. She feels that she needs to give it an image, make it concrete. Lize confronts her viewer, without scaring him/her away. It is usually seen as depressing topics or themes by the general public. To her, it is part of Life. She aims to turn these unspeakable and unapproachable topics into life-and love-affirming works.
Lize has to dig deep into her own psyche and confront her own fears and demons in order to tackle these themes with authenticity.
Lize received her BA in Fine Art Degree in 1988 in South Africa.
She had numerous solo exhibitions and partook in various group exhibitions through the years. In the early 2000s and before she moved to the UK in 2014, she taught art lessons to students of a quadriplegic facility, and a center for underage rape victims. After a silence of ten years, she started her career in the arts again in 2018, by accepting a Commission from the Directors of The Lost Gardens of Heligan
* Inclusion in the 3rd Annual Women Artists - 15th Quarterly Art Competition 2020, Online Juried Art Exhibition.
* 44Degree Art Exhibition - solo, 2020
* Castle Gallery - solo - 2020 https:// www.framingcastle.co.uk/castle-gallery
* To be featured in “The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists."
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