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. Working on a scale and intensity that impacts upon the gallery space, her work specifically relates to the desire to gather and assemble; making subtle or intriguing forms matched by a painter’s sensibility in the use of colour and light.

Drawing her subject matter from domestic environments, West makes use of everyday materials; industrial left overs, plastic, recycled detritus and lighting elements, 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.           

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

News & Events

  • Reunion: The Dallas Review

    Liz West has recently had work published in Texas University journal. Reunion: The Dallas Review. More information here: www.utdallas.edu/ah/reunion/

  • 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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  • Your Colour Perception

    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.

  • In the Window: Assaulting the Asphalt

    17/12/2014 – 11/01/2015
    Airspace Gallery

    Assaulting the Asphalt at Airspace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent explores Liz West’s research into the relationship colours have to each other and how they affect the spaces they inhabit.

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