Liz Collini graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 following a BA in Fine Art at London’s Middlesex University. Before studying art she worked as a manager in a large public sector organization. Her prints, drawings and installations have been shown in group and solo shows in the UK and overseas, including Japan, Finland, Portugal and France. Liz has had work selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on several occasions.
A large site-specific printed text was commissioned in 2011 for permanent display in the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2010 Liz co-curated an exhibition of extended printmaking in Lisbon’s City Museum with staff and students from the RCA. She was invited to make significant pieces for the 2009 and 2011 International Text Festivals in Bury, UK. Liz lives and works in London and makes prints with East London Printmakers in Hackney.
“I make different forms of texts using simple but often ambiguous words and phrases, mostly through printmaking and drawing. The written word holds many paradoxes, not least those of absence and presence. There are gaps and overlaps between reading and viewing, text and image, the hand and the machine. I try to create breathing spaces in which we can pause and look back at language. Whole narratives can be compressed into a single word or familiar phrase. The drawings’ resemblance to plans and blueprints reflects the strange provisionality of written language; the things about which we write are always elsewhere. I work only with Times New Roman (the default font) and my own handwriting to minimise questions of typography.
Language is at its most exciting when it comes upon us unexpectedly and propels us into uncertainty and the uncanny. I try to take language to the brink of such spaces, not through chaos and excess, but through distillation and deliberation.”