Robert Clark, The Guardian, June 5th 2006.
Lizzie Rowe is virtually unique in using her art as an actual means of gender transformation and documentation she has convincingly embodied this transformation in the genre of immaculately executed figurative painting (which) proves that painting is still a vital creative medium.
Robert Clark, The Guardian 2005
In the late 1980s the Newcastle-based artist formally known as Stephen Rowe underwent gender-reassignment to become Lizzie, a personal transformation publicly documented through her paintings and drawings. Her work explores the private turmoil and confusion of the artist coming to terms with her newly recognized gender. The cluttered, but ambiguously defined spaces reflect the thoughts and dreams of the artist and the isolating fear of the unknown.
This piece is entitled, "Is Never Done" As in, "A Woman's Work Is..."
"Rowe doesn't make easy political references to sexual and gender role playing; this is an artist who has painted first his, now her way out of social stereotypes and achieved, through immense creative and personal struggle, the liberation of being a self created individual. So here Rowe's long-time fascination with dresses and lace, her domestic reveries of ritualised laundering and ironing, are transformed with an aura of otherworldly melancholy and yearning.
So here Rowe's long-time fascination with dresses and lace, her domestic reveries of ritualised laundering and ironing, are transformed with an aura of otherworldly melancholy and yearning".