Lily Kazan

American

About the artist:

Artist Statement: As an abstract painter I believe the act of painting should simply be an extension of the self. I consider myself a performance artist and hope to bring the audience into the experience by completing my work among a live audience. I consider this process a solitary experience and an experience where I can communicate, pray and heal with my peers for a better planet and overall a better society.

I consider this art form a potent one if used effectively and one in which you can change things from the inside out, from a more enlightened place and even from a higher dimension.

As a shaman turned painter with a degree in fashion merchandising I spent my high school summers at Rhode Island School of Design taking art courses. I have always had a yearning to be around artists. My experiences at the art school showed me how unique my expression was compared to other students, although my artwork always was a bit controversial. Even when the assignment was to do a painting of Chinese take out boxes the classroom reacted and the teacher would say things like 'wow this is interesting, I don't know if this is going to end up in a museum somewhere or in a dumpster.' I take pride in these polarizing reactions and I understand the most of the artists had a much more representational take on a still life.

I really think I just see the world differently, and color has always been a focal point.

I created my largest body of work at a point in time when I could no longer express myself as a musician anymore because of various circumstances so I returned to painting. It was then that a whole new world opened up and I was able to express myself effectively and I was able to paint my visions as I imagined them. As a spiritualist, my work often was unable to be seen with the naked eye, but with painting the energy had shape and a story. The energy was being transformed, this was an alchemical process with a purpose. I strived to tell the story in my paintings. There was a necessity to tell the story that drove me, and the painting had a life like a living breathing entity. Sometimes the canvas served as a storyboard for a film the had been playing in my mind. I finally had something tangible I could share with the people I loved.

I really think that it all happened after I came back to Florida to visit my grandparents after having been in Los Angeles for so long and had been dealing with the traffic and feeling cramped in a West Hollywood condo. I landed and just picked up a brush and the biggest canvas I could find, it felt right and so I continued.

A couple of months later I had a rather large collection of paintings with themes and a strong theosophy of my own. It was then that I became a storyteller. Each painting told the story of a past life or dream or incarnation. I strive to tell the stories as I imagine them with the colors as they were in my dreams or visions. Color became an instrumental part of my process, color became my religion as I strive to master the language of it.

Lily Kazan

American

(3 works)

About the artist:

Artist Statement: As an abstract painter I believe the act of painting should simply be an extension of the self. I consider myself a performance artist and hope to bring the audience into the experience by completing my work among a live audience.

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