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Liza Ryan: Necessary Recalibration

Liza Ryan: Necessary Recalibration

Artists & Climate Change

I have travelled to many out-of-the-way places but the Antarctic landscape, or my imagined Antarctica, has been on my mind for as long as I can remember. It was like a mythical place that was rumored to be real. I visited Antarctica two years ago in January and feel like a part of me is still there.

Liza Ryan’s Altered Images Summon the Terrible Beauty of Antarctica

Liza Ryan’s Altered Images Summon the Terrible Beauty of Antarctica

NRDC

February 28, 2018

“My initial impression was one of suspended belief because I had no point of reference for what I saw. The scene from the ship felt like a backdrop for a movie or theater,” she says. Only on further inspection, when Ryan boarded a kayak and actually entered into the landscape, did the utterly foreign scene begin to make sense. “It’s almost like you have to touch it to believe it’s real,” she says.

Liza Ryan: Datebook: Plays on gender and sport, a pioneering Romanian conceptualist, new abstraction

Liza Ryan: Datebook: Plays on gender and sport, a pioneering Romanian conceptualist, new abstraction

LA Times

February 16, 2018

Liza Ryan, “Antarctica,” at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Ryan has explored Antarctica on foot and by kayak. And in this new series of works, she attempts to convey the continent’s subtleties and its vastness in photographs onto which she traces elements of the landscape with charcoal, ink and graphite — pictures that are taken as much as they are drawn.

Liza Ryan: Must-See Art Guide - Los Angeles

Liza Ryan: Must-See Art Guide - Los Angeles

Artnet

January 25, 2018

Liza Ryan: ‘Antarctica was my teacher’

Liza Ryan: ‘Antarctica was my teacher’

Financial Times

January 18, 2018

For years, artist Liza Ryan has carried a camera with her wherever she goes, taking photographs all over her adopted hometown of Los Angeles. But two years ago, when she travelled by sea to Antarctica to celebrate her 50th birthday, fulfilling a life-long dream, she was stymied, unable to shoot. “I felt almost trapped,” she says, overwhelmed by the monumental gap between her own small figure and the frozen, otherworldly, glacial landscape.