They call her The White Witch of Montague Road. Well, actually they don’t. At least not yet!
But local artist Liz White certainly works her good magic in that vicinity, casting creative spells over a veritable cauldron of colour and media. Eye of toad is not there yet, but I would not be surprised to learn that she has asked Art Shed to get a box of it in!
Liz White’s bewitching style, images and layers blend and overlap to create a total effect that might be considered a kind of expressionism. Mostly her images and fragments represent identifiable objects or locations, but together they express a personal take on the theme.
After periods of living in several states, Liz moved back to Queensland in 2015, to Brisbane’s vibrant West End community. She now considers herself a West Ender, has bought a home here, and in much of her work strives to convey the character of West End life and to explore current local concerns. For example, Word on the Street is not a “protest” work as such, but does seek to highlight the West End development issue that is tending to divide locals and perhaps threaten the established character of the neighbourhood. This is one of a recent series of six mixed-media paintings that look at various facets of West End with its changing character, rich local history, ethnic diversity, and challenges for the future. Another of the six in this series is From the William Jolly Bridge.
I first noticed Liz online and subsequently I bought a print of The Sense of Hearing. This is one of a series, Of the Senses, exploring the subjective experiences of hearing, taste, and so on. Over a drink in Lock’n’Load in Boundary Street we had a chat about art and other matters. In the past three decades, Liz has worked with numerous forms and media — from painting in acrylics, oils and watercolour, to textile sculpture using both weaving and felting techniques, basketry, pottery, and botanically based art and design —often overlapping these various media and techniques to interesting effect.
Through the years, in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland, Liz has undertaken a number of study courses and workshops in specialised genres of art and design. She has exhibited in the Rockhampton Regional Art Awards, the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Awards, and The Border Art Prize at Tweed Gallery, as well as holding a one-artist exhibition at Cabarita.
For a long time, her artwork had to take second place to another kind of “imaging” — a day job as a radiographer — but for the last few years she has been semi-retired from that role and able to focus mainly on creative projects. Her work continues to develop. She plans more projects relating to West End, and also more in the Of the Senses vein.
To see more of her work, visit Liz White’s website at www.lizwhite.com.au
Words by Peter Bloxsom | Images by Mark Lutz