BIO Elizabeth (Liz) Butler, (b. Adelaide, South Australia)
My work is inspired by a life-changing experience of many years of travelling to remote areas of this country and working with Indigenous communities. Learning from the people to appreciate what is not initially seen; but with time forms a solid basis and respect for ‘what lies beneath’. The immense and minute characteristics of this desert reveals a land which holds so many layers of being. Generally leaning toward the amalgamation of natural and artificial materials, I pursue combinations of experimental printmaking, digital imaging, video, sculpture, and installation to convey my experiences and emotional connection to the land.
Solo exhibitions include: The Inaugural Exhibition at praxis ARTSPACE, Bowden, SA 2015: What lies beneath, Santos, Adelaide, SA 2014: Compressions of Being, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery 2013: and so they stood ... waiting, Seedling Art Space, Hawthorndene, SA, 2012.
Since 2006 I have participated in many group shows throughout South Australia, including most recently: 2016, (im) Perfection, Adelaide Central School of Art, Frewville, SA: 2015 Same River Twice, AEAF Adelaide and Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA: 2014, Placid Motion, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery: Experience Diffused, Coriole Winery, McLaren Vale, SA: Gematria, Adelaide Central School of Art, SA: and in 2012, Pass it on, FELTspace, Adelaide, SA.
Awards include: First place, Broken Hill’s prestigious Outback Open Art Prize, 2014: Second place, 2013 Watershed Art Prize: 2014: Finalist, arc Yinnar Biennial Drawing Prize, Vic: and 2012, Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. My works are held in the Broken Hill Art Gallery, NSW, Salisbury Council, SA and private collections nationally and the USA.