Photo: Liz West in Manchester, North West

Liz West

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Writer, Publisher
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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, 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 full statement

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
Website http://www.liz-west.com

News & Events

  • Rogue Open Studios 2014

    19/09/2014 – 21/09/2014
    Rogue Artists Studios

    Rogue Open Studios 2014 gives you a rare opportunity to meet the artists behind the work and gain a glimpse into the studios where the creative process takes place.

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  • PUTT PUTT #2

    18/07/2014 – 31/08/2014
    Lansdowne Walk (off new footbridge at East Croydon train station), Croydon, London. CR0 2BX

    An exhibition of newly commissioned work that takes the form of a crazy golf course. The exhibition brings together artists to provide a critical and accessible approach to contemporary art practice.

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  • 'The Language of Mixed-Media Sculpture' Book

    Liz West’s' practice is discussed at length in this new survey of mixed-media sculpture, alongside several colour images of her recent installation work.