We've always got something special cooking and we're excited to let you know we're currently in the kitchen with Uber makin' plans to serve up some amazing work from local Los Angeles Society6 and Uber driver-partner artists this weekend through a unique mobile art experience.
Stay tuned for more information by following #S6RollsOut and #UberARTIST on social, but in the meantime we'd like to introduce one of the artists we'll be driving around with.
Enter Liz Brizzi, a mixed media artist and transplant to Los Angeles by way of Paris, France and Society6 member since 2010.
What brought you to Los Angeles?
I came to Los Angeles when I was 16 years old. My father worked in animation and was hired by Disney to come work on Hunchback of Notre Dame. So he packed his bags, his wife and his kids and even though today my family left, I'm still here.
When did you start making art? What is your earliest memory of creating?
I grew up in a very artistic environment, with my Dad being a painter and animator. So Art was always a big part of my life from Day 1. But my earliest memory of creating anything dates back to being maybe about 7 or 8, when I invented "Monsieur Miam Miam". He was an alien like character who really liked to eat and I made up comic book style stories of him and his family during my music classes in school. After that, I was always into comics and brought lots of imaginary characters to life. Mostly during math classes as I got older. Needless to say my Math level is really really low....
What themes do you gravitate towards with your work?
I mostly focus on urban landscapes, travel, and architecture.
How would you describe your work?
It is mixed media work that definitely embraces various skills and techniques I've grown to learn and love. I start by playing around with my photos to recreate imaginary landscapes from reality. So the places I depict don't actually exist but are fragments of various architectural details and moods from cities I visited. The new design is then printed on paper and cut with an X-acto knife. I paint my background colors and skies with acrylic paint on wood panels, then apply the cut out design piece by piece, and finally paint over the whole thing with diluted washes of color to harmonize the whole thing and blur the line between photography, collage and painting.
What are you inspired by?
Traveling, culture, Japan and cities around the world.
Do other artists inspire you; and curiously, which ones?
I'm obsessed with Andrew Hem's colors. I love Brett Amory's moody paintings of street corners and how he can portray simple, banal everyday moments in such a beautiful and interesting way. And Joram Rouke's collage style paintings blow my mind.
Beyond this opportunity, what has happened or come about from being a part of Society6?
It's been really great exposure, especially on a global level. And it's been fun seeing my work on products, as opposed to just wall art.
Through driving with Uber and selling art on Society6, artists are finding flexible ways to pay the bills that don't cut into busy schedules - keeping their passions and freedom front-and-center.
Learn more about Uber and sign up to drive here.
And keep an eye out for more updates and artist features as we head into a one-of-a-kind art experience this weekend throughout Los Angeles, California.