Many of the recent works created by Liz Tran (IG: @liztranstudios) revolve around the notion of heartbeat. She calls them “Heart Map” paintings, and to make them she tracks her own pulse as it responds to favorite songs she’s listening to while painting—tracks such as Bjork’s Violently Happy, I’ll Be Your Mirror by Velvet Underground, and Sade’s Babyfather. The resulting undulating streaks and bursts of layered color are a delight at first glance, but contain intensively personal content beneath the surface. Her sketches reveal an even more concentrated sense of personal immediacy—a different kind of urgency and expression—through use of text. 

“I don’t keep a traditional sketchbook,” says Tran, “but if I feel the need to jot something down, I’ll grab a sheet of paper and do a quick painting. These ‘sketches’ are often words, lyrics, a test or a fleeting vision. They typically live happily in my flat files, though occasionally they’ll make an escape.”

By Amanda

Amanda Manitach is a Seattle-based artist who works primarily in the medium of drawing, merging text with pattern, working aspects of the visceral, dirty, humorous, and sublime into pieces made painstakingly over time. In addition to exhibiting locally and nationally, she worked as Visual Arts Editor at City Arts Magazine for six years, served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University (2013-15), and co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory. She is represented by Winston Wächter Seattle and New York.

She loves to peep on artists' sketchbooks.

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