Liz West (b.1985) is an artist known for her wide-ranging works, from the intimate to the monumental. Using a variety of materials and exploring the use of light, she blurs the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, design and painting to create works that are both playful and immersive.
West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our deeply entrenched relationships to colour. West’s investigation into the relationship between colour and light is often realized through an engagement between materiality and a given site.
Within physical and architectural space, West uses colour and light as a material that radiates outside of its boundaries and containers. She playfully refracts light by using translucent, transparent or reflective materials, directing the flow of natural and artificial light. Our understanding of colour can only be realized through the presence of light. By playing and adjusting colour, West brings out the intensity and composition of her spatial arrangements. These ephemeral interventions forge new spaces and environments, by flooding a physical site with a rich mixture of light and colour.
West has been commissioned worldwide by institutions and organizations including Natural History Museum, London Design Festival, Paris Fashion Week, Milan Design Week, National Trust, National Science and Media Museum, Dubai Design Week, Natural England, Allied London, Grosvenor, British Land, Salford University, Fortnum & Mason, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and Bristol Biennial. West’s work has been included in exhibitions at St Albans Museum + Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Cornerhouse, Brunel University, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK.
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