Photo: Liz West in Manchester, North West

Liz West

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Writer, Publisher

Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.

West's investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realised through an engagement between materiality and a given site.

Within physical and architectural space, West uses light as a material that radiates outside of its boundaries and containers. She playfully refracts light through using translucent, transparent or reflective materials, directing the flow of artificial light. Our understanding of colour can only be realised through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements.

These ephemeral interventions forge new spaces and environments, from flooding a physical site with a rich mixture of light to using colour to disrupt the white flatness of paper.

West revels in experimentation. Surrounding herself with an array of materials, she utilizes both her studio and the sites that she exhibits as test beds for a process of experimentation. Objects are ordered and classified. Series of works are created and reproduced in different 'mixes'. Patterns are tested and repeated. This fast paced development of ideas is well documented by West, who often uses photographs to shape the direction of her sculptures and installations. These images are like studies: they suggest ideas for more developed works but are intimate works in their own right. Photography allows her to quickly create multiple and sequential colour arrangements. This process is rooted in West's long-standing relationship with collecting and cataloguing.

These studies have led to the development of works that saturate a space with a single colour. By limiting her use of materials, West simultaneously challenges herself to focus on arrangements rather than an array of colours. In a recent series of spatial light works based on research into colour theory and light fields she has transformed architectural spaces.

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Location Manchester, North West
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Public Art
Tags Colour, Site-specific, Manchester, Rogue Artists' Studios, Saturate, Environment, Sensory, Experience, Colour Theory, Responsive

News & Events

  • Fingers Crossed

    3rd Floor Studios Gallery

    First of 3 Group Exhibitions exploring Luck, Chance, Fate, Accidents, Coincidence and Superstition as a subject or a part of the creative process.

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  • Your Colour Perception

    30/01/2015 – 01/02/2015
    Federation House, Manchester

    On Friday 30th January 2015 West will be showing new site-responsive works in a solo presentation Your Colour Perception at Federation House, Manchester. More information coming soon.

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