Liz Tran’s paintings are intensively process-heavy, formed by working into wet Chinese calligraphy paper mounted onto panel. Dried layers are sanded flat then piled with more layers of paint, ink and mica flakes. “While working on pieces for my exhibition at ZINC Contemporary, I had candy on my mind,” Tran says. “As the painting progressed, I realized it was looking eerily similar to the Gum Wall in Post Alley, one of my favorite bizarre attractions in Seattle—visually appealing yet disgusting at the same time.”
Tran’s exhibition JaWbReAkEr runs Mar. 2–April 1 at ZINC Contemporary.