Emerging Indonesian-born artist Liza Markus graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Fine Arts (Sculpture) in 2017. Besides incorporating ceramic works in her installations, Markus explores and extensively integrates her artworks with various materials, such as found objects and used fabrics, to convey her concepts and personal narratives. Equipped with the skills of a sculptor, Markus is adept at assembling various materials. The selection of materials and ideas in her work exudes emotional dexterity and maturity seen in her sculpture, installation, writing and textile arts. Her artistic inspirations draw from themes of religion, history, identity and collective memories.
Angler, 2016 was inspired by the anglerfish, in which the males are known to display sexual dimorphism and parasitism when encountered with a female counterpart. This work expresses a sense of helplessness and loss of autonomy in a toxic romantic relationship. Angler and her other work Adam, 2016, in NAFA's collection, explore themes of emotional vulnerability in human relationships. Markus expresses her thoughts by crafting a pair of ceramic human figures, with the male figure seemingly latching onto the female figure. The sensual postures of the figures convey a sense of desire and need for the other.