Approved: 16.08.2006

Liz Clifford

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

My practice uses natural forms and landscape as a starting point. I scavenge from the location I am focused on and it is the daily contact with that place that sets the agenda for the work.

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  • Location: Hawkley, South East
  • Activities: Secondary education, Practice-based research, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice, Collecting
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: landscape, walk, scavenge, detritus, archaeology, archive, oil stick, embed, chalk, GPS
 

Biography

My practice uses natural forms and landscape as a starting point. I scavenge from the location I am focused on and it is the daily contact with that place that sets the agenda for the work.

CV & Education

  I enjoy the visual connections between the organic and inorganic objects I find on my walks. The impact of the farming and leisure industries on the rural environment and human interventions into wild places.
  Although I make work in my studio I am also interested in how artists work directly in a location using found objects. My practice is materials-led to a great extent and those materials themselves carry associations and make suggestions.
  My recent work stems specifically from a daily walk on an ancient by-way in the Hangers of East Hampshire. The activities of the generations of humans who have used the by-way leave their trace on it in the form of man-made detritus and erosion. I am interested in the provenance of the detritus. For instance, the global journey of hydro-carbons used in the manufacture of parts for vehicles subsequently discarded and ground into the mud of the by-way. By embedding the found objects into lumps of scavenged chalk I am creating a form of archaeology and a metaphor for the passage of time. The GPS coordinates of the finds are embedded both in the chalk and in the drawing I make of each piece.
 

Qualifications and training

1981 - Fine Art and Education 4 year B'ed, Homerton College, Cambridge

Selected Exhibitions

2015

10 days Chalk, The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, Hampshire

2014

Mottisfont Open, National Trust, Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire

2009

The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, Hampshire - Hampshire Sculpture Trust

In To Land, Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, Berkshire

2008

Auf Europaïsche Art, Historischen Rathaus, Warendorf, Germany

The Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, Hampshire - Hampshire Sculpture Trust

2007

PAinT Arts Trail, Open Studio, The Avenue, Petersfield, Hampshire

2000

Art in the Garden, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Little Gems, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hampshire

1999

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire - solo show

Women's Work, Willis Museum, Basingstoke, Hampshire

1998

Open Dialogue, Forest Arts, New Milton, Hampshire

Voyage around George Staunton, Staunton Country Park, Havant - Hampshire Sculpture Trust

1997

Hiding Places, Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset - collaboration with Kate Miller

1996

Angels and Mechanics - Touring to Riverside Studios, South Hill Park Art Centre, Tullie House - London, Bracknell and Carlisle

Touchables, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire

Unfamiliar Familiarity, Winchester Contemporary Art, Hampshire

1994

Sculpins, Dartington Arts, Devon - colloration with Jilly Sutton

Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

1993

London Group, Barbican Centre, London

Feast, Hardware Gallery, London

1992

Academy Literary Club, London - solo show

High Water, Omphalos Arts, Sandwich - solo show

Barbican Arts Group, Sutton House, London

1991

St Bartholomew's Hospital, London - solo show

Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, Scotland

Princes Trust, Fifteenth Anniversary, Windsor

1990

Burial at Sea, Windsor Arts Centre - solo show

Submarine Gallery, London - solo show

Beast, Submarine Gallery, London

1989

Barbican Arts Group, Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone

Reactivart, Submarine Gallery, London

1988

Hardware Gallery, London - solo show

1986

IPA, London - solo show

1984

Clare College, Cambridge - solo show

1983

Birdwood House, Totnes, Devon - solo show

Workshops

1997 - Workshop leader, Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset

1996 - Workshop leader, Andover Museum, Andover, Hampshire

Residencies

1994 - Artist in Residence, St. Dominic's Junior School, Hackney, London

1991 - Artist in Residence, Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, Scotland Projects

1997 - Hiding Places, Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset

Educational experience - primary

2004 - Art Teacher, Lavant House School, Chichester

Educational experience - secondary

2000 - Art Teacher, Ditcham Park School, Petersfield, Hampshire

2000 - 2002 Art Teacher, Frensham Heights School, Farnham, Surrey

1987 - 2000 Art Teacher, Westminster School, London

Educational experience - special needs

1987 - 2000 PHAB Art workshop leader, Westminster School, London

Site specific

2011 - Under The Beeches, public woodland, rural Hampshire