Lizon’s work is about connections, storytelling and family histories. Growing up as the daughter of a displaced person who came to the UK from Poland, she never met her grandparents and therefore has few family photographs, apart from the occasional photographs she received from unknown relatives sharing her surname.
Lizon uses the few photographs she does have, along with personal, found, or bought photographs from Ebay, as source material for her small paintings. The anonymity and ambiguity of these images contain narratives within themselves, but when placed together they create visual links and connections, sometimes obvious literal ones, sometimes more subtle and personal to the viewer. The stories they create when placed together make them more than their individual worth. Any single painting is interchangeable with another and a different story will be told. The anonymous photographs mingle with her own, creating a new family history.
Lizon recreates these authentic moments using painting techniques that capture the chemical processing techniques used in 20th Century photography; blurs, over/underexposure, water damage and fading add authenticity to her small works.
Lizon graduated from Bristol Polytechnic in 1986 and lives and works in Bristol. She was a selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and for the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, and won the Exeter Phoenix Open in 2009.