Featured Artist: Lizi Hill
Published: 25 May 2016
In between completing her Foundation degree in Art and Design at Highlands College, and creating new sculptures for Percentage for Art, Lizi Hill came in to chat to the Skipton Open Studios team about her work, her inspirations, and why you should be heading to Daisy Cottage campsite during the West weekend of Open Studios:
"What medium do you work with?
I shape metal, wood and paper porcelain into sculptural forms with movement that reflect the natural world. I love exploring ideas through drawing and photography.
How would you describe yourself as an Artist?
Very happy and blessed to be working as an artist. I am interested in the natural world, beauty, line and perspective. Unlike some artists, I don't work to a political agenda or to a particular point of view about contemporary social issues: I care more about the fundamentals of form and unchanging truths.
Have you taken part in Skipton Open Studios before?
This is my first year. Last year I was actively involved in Skipton Open Studio activities culminating with the projection exhibition.
How did you first get into Art?
As a young child, my Grandfather who was a farrier inspired me with the wonderful sculptural shapes he could make from metal. At university Expressive arts was my main subject as part of my Education Degree. Dance and sculpture were a great combination.
Who is your creative inspiration?
Helaine Blumenfeld who creates beautiful sculptures that combine abstraction and figuration. Nicola Hicks is another artist who elicits a strong emotional feeling. Her life size bronze sculpture ‘Sorry, sorry Sarajevo’ depicts one man holding another who is dead, or injured, in his arms. When I first saw this powerful sculpture I was reduced to tears. It is a powerful example of how art can communicate the horrors of war.
Why should we visit your Studio?
I will be moving my studio for the weekend to Daisy Cottage, St Ouen. Joining me there will be Becky Friedman, Jooj duQuemin and Mark Guest so you will be able to see four artists in one visit with a wide variety of media. Why visit: it will be uplifting and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It is very easy to find on the road from St Ouen’s village to Plemont with parking or by bus. There will be refreshments too!
What have you been doing so far in preparation for this year’s Open Studios?
Lots…. Two weeks before Open Studios I will be graduating from a Foundation Art and Design degree so my final work will be exhibited. In addition, I have been making new work from Paper porcelain alongside new drawings and photographs.
What can we expect from you from this year’s Open Studios?
Beautiful shapes and forms to interact with. Hopefully you will be inspired to dance and move next to my sculptures.
Describe Jersey’s creative scene in 5 words…
Vibrant, diverse, open, inclusive and inspiring."
We can't wait to see what Lizi has been working on for her Foundation Art and Design degree final pieces. It sounds like those who will be heading to Daisy Cottage will be in for a real treat! Lizi will be exhibiting here alongside Jooj Duquemin, Rebecca Friedman and Mark Guest during the west weekend of Open Studios, 25th + 26th June, 10:00AM - 5:00PM. Please visit Lizi's Artist profile to find out more about her work, and her contact details as well as a map of where to find Daisy Cottage Campsite.