Artist Spotlight: Liz Chapman

My name is Liz Chapman; I am a Wigan-based artist and associate artist at Cross Street Arts in Standish. I studied Art and Design (Fine Art) at both college and university and have a BA Honours degree in Art History. I enjoy creating art work, delivering art workshops and occasionally curating exhibitions. I work with digital technology, helping people get online and coordinate an Arts Council England funded digital art project called D:Circus for Wigan Libraries.

I love the arts, travelling, science, heritage, textiles and nature. My greatest artistic inspiration comes from looking closely at the natural world. I have inherited many of my interests from my family. Some of my earliest memories are of visiting museums and spending time in our garden with my family. I have also inherited their keen interest in continuing to learn; when I draw and create art work, it inspires me to find more information about nature and I’m particularly interested in learning how to identify plants and birds.

My art work uses a range of media to explore and document the world around me. I experiment with digital media, photo, moving-image, fabrics, pen and pencil to recreate the qualitative elements of my everyday environment. My art work is an attentive exploration and intends to express my fascination with science and nature; through abstraction and highlighting the patterns, weave and weft, colour and shapes that often go unnoticed in the world around us. I take inspiration from artists such as Paul Morrison, Angie Lewin, Yayoi Kusama and Edith Holden, who was made famous by the 1977 publication of her Nature Notes for 1906 under the title The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

I recently exhibited my (first ever!) solo exhibition Florum Machina at Wigan STEAM. I was super excited to see an advert in the summer of 2017 for the opportunity to hold an exhibition at Wigan STEAM. I chose to exhibit there because I love the work of Wigan STEAM and have an interest in art, science and technology. My exhibition is named after the Latin for flower machine. ‘Florum Machina’ presented an interactive sculpture, alongside a series of botanical illustrations which informed its creation. Inspired by the machines and contraptions designed by cartoonists Rube Goldberg and W. Heath Robinson, centrepiece of the exhibition ‘The Flower Machine’ is a blend of the organic and technological. My drawings were based on historical botanical illustrations of wild flowers and plants found around the UK. The usage of Latin in titling the show pays homage to these original illustrations.

I’m currently contributing on an artist-led collaborative platform via Instagram called Objectivity Works, which provides a curated space between objects and artists. I have been working with a small headless figurine creating video and photographic works responding to the idea of lost and found objects. I will hopefully be exhibiting more art work later on in the year as well. More about my work and what I do can be found on my website and on Twitter and Instagram @LizChapmanArts.

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