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Liza Corbett lights up dark tales

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Les Merveilleuses, ink and watercolor on paper, 12″x16″

Liza Corbett produces work that keeps you looking, again and again.  First you notice the exquisitely drawn figures, both human and animal, with enigmatic expressions and beautifully rendered forms.  Then you look again because something in the fairytale-like setting seems off-kilter.   Why do the wolves have costumes on?  Are they really wolves?  Why are flamingos nestled atop one woman’s head?  Is the woman really a flamingo herself?   Just look at those legs and feathers!

Corbett’s work displays a strong feminine quality.  The women have long graceful necks, slender limbs, and lush up-do’s, sometimes serving as places for animals to nest.  They are dressed in fine gowns with ribbons, pleats, and plunging necklines.   When asked in an interview with Pikaland, what her influences are, Corbett explained:

I’m inspired by a number of women artists …  Camille Rose Garcia, Margaret Kilgallen, Camilla Engman, Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith. Some of the painters I could look at forever are: Edouard Vuillard, Isabelle Arsenault, Pierre Bonnard & Natalie Ascencios. For line and shape, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Rackham.

Liza Corbett works as an illustrator, artist and designer in New York City. Her work has been published in magazines – the Atlantic Monthly, Bitch and HOW magazine – as well as several books.

St. Bride II - ink and digital

St. Bride II – ink and digital

A NEST OF WHITE BEASTS, 2009 ink and watercolor on paper

A NEST OF WHITE BEASTS, 2009 ink and watercolor on paper

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The Wild Swans, 2010
- ink, gouache and acrylic on board

THE GIRL WITH NO HANDS

THE GIRL WITH NO HANDS

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Nightwood

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*Images courtesy of the artist, Liza Corbett, and Behance network.

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