artistStATEMENT

I am driven by my relentless urge to describe feelings through materiality.   Conceptually, my work is based on the tension or the stagnation that is generated through managing emotional balance.  The journey is never smooth; therefore, I aim to capture the varying stages that emerge.  As a sculptural fiber and materials artist, I am drawn to the manipulation of flexible materials.  My work tends to be varied in appearance but it focuses on the central theme of soft and hard elements clashing together; the transformation of weird or ugly things into something that is delicate and perceived as beautiful; and the act of stitching and binding.  This is explored through the tension created by stitching and pulling, shape and form, rigid verses free-flowing, and the use of bodily-like materials.  All of which become the physical embodiment of maintaining emotional balance.  Ultimately, I hope to evoke an alluring outcome from the pain.

©2016 BY LIZ HAMILTON QUAY