“I want to either brighten up people’s day with color and humor, or take them out of daily routine for a minute and connect them with their greater experience of being human in this time and place.“
“I love to play with making visible the magical alternate-universe potential of real people and places. I often see in the image of a person or place, the super-alter-ego that is mischievous whimsy and vivid color. Sometimes that alternative self has a more mysterious story.“
LaManche’s work is often characterized by bright color and playful figures or a layered use of symbolic & iconographic detail.
Thanks to living abroad at an impressionable age, Liz LaManche grew up with a sense that there are many different ways of being and a big, fascinating and colorful world out there. Her imaginary worlds and creatures, and perverse desire to decorate everything, started coming out early in life.
She spent her early childhood in Turkey and Germany, influenced by early exposure to the people, art and architecture of Europe and Turkey, by French comic books, and by her grandfather, a Romanian amateur artist. She went to school in Connecticut and received a B.A. in Architecture at Yale University. There she studied graphic design under Inge Druckrey, and did a thesis project in architectural ornament/site specific urban installations advised by sculptor Kent Bloomer.
She has spent much of her career as a designer for online media, running her own studio since 2001 (EmphasisCreative.com), and painting all the while.
Since 2004 she has also been working in large-scale paintings, some lit with custom-programmed color-changing LED light. Her 40-foot permanent outdoor color-changing mural in Hyattsville, MD, completed in 2013, is the first of its kind.
LaManche earned a B.A. in Architecture at Yale (Cum Laude, Distinction in the Major). She later studied drawing and painting at the Art Institute of Boston (Now part of Boston University).