Liz Somerville

One Hundred Thousand Cuts (and other stories)

24 Feb - 24 March 2018

Last Autumn I visited Bonfield Block-Printers and was shown a large, and intricately designed block for a new fabric design; “50,000 cuts” Cameron said, “it took 50,000 individual cuts to make this piece”. It made me think.

One Hundred Thousand Cuts (and other stories) is my third solo show at The Art Stable. Each picture is a narrative, an evocation of the landscape rather than a diligent reproduction of the view.

There is always a story to the scene, the intention is for the viewer to enter and find it. This appeals to my deep seated enjoyment of all those illustrated stories I read at as a child. As an artist I look for this same quality but my attention is also drawn to the lie and flow of the land, unexpected colour, traces of past use (modern or ancient), texture and form.

Liz graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1988 with a degree in textile design and spent sixteen years working as a designer in London, before moving to Dorset and becoming a full-time artist. Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and exhibitions within the UK, including The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol and the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth.

For this exhibition, Liz will have, for the first time, a fully functioning relief press and much of the work will have been made using it: the melding of print and paint gives a fluid quality to the image, as opposed to the sometimes static nature of a conventional print.