Spring Cleaning

Its that time of year when I feel the insatiable need to clean and tidy all around me. Last week I decided to give my studio at Rogue a complete overhaul. This meant making room for a plan-chest that I have nabbed from my dad’s cellar so therefore getting rid of a few other items to make room for it. This ‘making room’ turned into a manic tidy and throw out session….

As you can see from the mounting pile of rubbish in the photograph above, I was perhaps a little reckless in getting rid of certain bit and bobs I had been saving to use when I had the ‘light bulb’ moment sometime in the future. I got rid of my desk and more poignantly my wardrobe work ‘The predicament of in here and out there’ that was exhibited at Cornerhouse, Manchester in the exhibition FOUR this time last year. I removed the mirrors and kept them for another piece and sawed up the wooded piece of furniture to be used as firewood. Sad eh? It was just taking over the place and I had no intention of showing it again as I have moved on somewhat with my practice since then.

I even organised all my coloured objects into catagories, including separating all the bottle-tops from everything else. It REALLY needed doing!

Many full bin bags later I had an enviable studio, ready for the forthcoming year of creativeness. I now have shelves…. SHELVES! Shelves I quickly filled with my coloured light bulbs, pen pots and spray paints. Its rather tasty isn’t it??? A good days work I’d say…


Coming up in 2014…

Happy New Year!

I am delighted to announce I will be participating in an exciting range of exhibitions and projects in 2014. Below are details of current and ongoing projects which I thought you might be interested in.

If you would like to, you can keep in touch with what’s new via Twitter or Facebook.

All the best for 2014!

Gallery333, Exeter Phoenix 14 January – 8 March

Opening next week, Liz West will be presenting new work at Gallery333 (part of Exeter Phoenix’s multi art-form venue).

An Additive Mixture is a continuation of West’s new site-specific series where she systematically arranges numerous multicoloured fluorescent stick-lights as a direct response to details in the space. The title of work is taken from Josef Albers text ‘Interaction of Colour’, where it is explained that a direct mixture of projected light demonstrates an additive mixture where the sum of all colours in light is white.

Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

More info: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/liz-west

Quays Culture, Salford Spring 2014

Liz West will be re-interpreting the recent work Vanishing Boundaries for Quays Culture at MediaCityUK, Salford in the Spring. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase work in an alternative environment to be seen be audiences of thousands, including the home of the BBC.

Further information about this exhibition, curated by Mark Devereux Projects, will be announced very soon via markdevereuxprojects.com

This year a reference book featuring Liz West, The Language of Mixed-Media Sculpture by Jac Scott, will be published by The Crowood Press. This volume is both a global survey and a celebration of contemporary approaches to sculpture formed from more than one material. It profiles the discipline in all its expanded forms: illustrating that sculpture in twenty first century is not something solid and static but rather a fluid interface in material, time and space.

This sumptuously illustrated volume will inspire those intrigued and interested in contemporary sculpture. Suitable for all artists, enthusiasts, students and practitioners alike, the book will form an invaluable guide to the great plethora of twenty-first century art.


For further details about Liz West’s latest exhibitions and new works, please visit the website: