LIZ RUEST STATEMENT & BIO
My work investigates our surroundings and how they interact with memory, permanence, change, and regrowth. How do we process our sense of place and the collective memories that go with it, even as it changes? What of all the people before us who’ve stood in the same place — did they wonder as I do, whether they were here to stay?
By capturing images and layering collage elements, I create abstracted viewpoints that explore timelessness, familiarity, and recognition. Individual elements and marks, specific to a time and place, are obscured by layers of paper and texture, asking you to come with me on a journey of recognition as we all try to find our place in the world.
Liz Ruest is a Canadian artist who’s been living near Seattle since 1990. She grew up in rural Ontario, near the national capital, Ottawa, surrounded by farmland horizons and an extended French-Canadian family, but with easy access to the National Gallery and its excellent Group of Seven collection. Brought to the West Coast by technology, she stayed for the weather, mountains, and water.
Moving west, and across the border, was a subtle, but significant change, and suddenly her French-Canadian genealogy and love of the long horizon became touchpoints to connect with home, as she reignited artistic pursuits. Explorations in printmaking, photography, and encaustic layering became a way to build up a story of fragments of her life, and to abstract it to the immigrant’s journey.
Liz’s medium of digital collage gives her an efficient way to access varied elements of a story, and quickly test compositions, while building up multiple layers of color and texture over time. She creates themed bodies of work, documented on her site, lizruest.com. Her work has been shown and collected internationally. You can find her work at Lynn Hanson Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, and a curated selection of open-edition work online at redbubble.com.