Liz creates experimental spaces and images that blur the line between 2D and 3D, between shadow and perceived reality. The viewer is led to question their interpretation and understanding of what they thought are ‘known’ elements.
Key themes in Liz’s work include mankind’s relationship with the ‘natural world’, as part of it and also as influencer; change maker. She also explores the influence of ‘the frame’ as filter, whether it’s a room, a photo, a film, or a phone.
Commonplace manmade objects, such as a chair or necklace are subjected to natural processes – freezing, hanging or melting, so that they are experienced in a new way. Organic or wild objects or things such as feathers found in nature are brought into the domestic space. The object or item may be deconstructed, the interior space layered with the sound and image.
By breaking down the ‘coding’ of our relationship to these objects and spaces, both physical and psychological questions are raised about what ‘normal’ and what ‘real’ means. By choosing familiar objects, images and places, she creates a threshold that invites the viewer to approach the work. Upon crossing this threshold, the viewer finds that the space is ‘unsettled’, psychologically or through the senses or both, so that they perceive differently.
This inspires a dialogue between the viewer and the work, to question what they are really seeing, compared to what they actually know, and reveals their expectation of reality, media and their relationship to images and objects.
The work can be experienced in installations where the viewer enters into the space physically, or virtually through photography and video. Using contemporary media, Liz changes perception by using the inherent bias in the medium itself to reveal the dichotomy of real and unreal elements.