Liz Tran’s newest series of work was completed during winter residencies in the frigid northeast. During her time away from home she ruminated about the meaning of comfort and warmth. These thoughts led her to encase her ongoing series of tree paintings in a vibrant winter wardrobe. Tran drew from sources such as the knitted tree cozies of Knitta, the painted branches of Salvation Mountain and the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Liz Tran grew up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley surrounded by trees, rivers and mountains. As a child she spent many hours playing on, in and around the tall evergreens in my neighborhood. These were her play structures and her escape. “What I see when I look out the window are trees. When I look to the sky I see branches. Even though I now live in the city of Seattle I often encounter more trees per day than people. These are my portraits.” A large variety of materials are used in her work, including Japanese paper, ink, acrylic, graphite, beeswax and carving and printmaking techniques.