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Liz West graduated from the Glasgow School of Art 2007 and is based at Rogue Artists Studios in Manchester. Liz had her first major Arts Council England funded solo exhibition in July 2012 at BLANKSPACE, Manchester and has recently (May 2013) been awarded Arts Council England funding for the research and developme… Read More
Liz West graduated from the Glasgow School of Art 2007 and is based at Rogue Artists Studios in Manchester. Liz had her first major Arts Council England funded solo exhibition in July 2012 at BLANKSPACE, Manchester and has recently (May 2013) been awarded Arts Council England funding for the research and development of new work. In January 2013 West was commissioned to make a new work to exhibit at Cornerhouse, Manchester in FOUR exhibition. Read Less
West’s practice evolves from a response to the psychology of space and colour, utilising the two in a way that is deeply rooted in colour theory and draws parallels with the concept of synesthesia. Working on a scale and intensity that impacts upon the gallery space, West is deeply influenced by the process of c… Read More
West’s practice evolves from a response to the psychology of space and colour, utilising the two in a way that is deeply rooted in colour theory and draws parallels with the concept of synesthesia. Working on a scale and intensity that impacts upon the gallery space, West is deeply influenced by the process of collecting. Her work specifically relates to the desire to gather and assemble objects making subtle or intriguing forms matched by a painter’s sensibility in the use of colour and light.

West sources her materials directly from the modern world. Referencing consumer culture and drawing her subject matter from domestic environments, she makes use of everyday materials; plastic objects, recycled detritus, pound shop ephemera, second-hand furniture, both found and fabricated. She transforms these elements into new sculptural forms, giving them an alternative function.

Her installations are usually site-specific, using existing architecture as inspiration. West’s palette is the range of hue available in the products of industrial manufacture, theatrically illuminated and intensified by the strength of artificial light. Emitting a coloured glow (often exaggerated by the use of hidden mirrors), through artifice and illusion a visual experience is created. West builds sensory environments that are discoverable by the viewer, sometimes only by a chance encounter.

West allows herself to work liberally and outside the confines of a single medium or dimension. Her installations reinvent the space into a dramatic interaction of colours, shapes and forms, challenging the viewer’s perceptions and creating an elaborate, otherworldly experience. Read Less
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