Liz Nielsen's work is a contemporary application of one of the best-known avant-garde photographic processes - the photogram - which was first mastered by Man Ray and Maholy-Nagy at the beginning of the twentieth century. Each unique image is created without a camera in the artist's studio using handmade negatives and 'found' light sources. She calls her work 'painting with light' referring to the performative nature of its creation.
A colourist at heart, Nielsen's works are deeply saturated, sometimes deceptively simple, compositions. Carefully planned and executed with skilled precision, nevertheless these works are subject to the unpredictable nature of the artist's chosen medium - light. 'The final outcomes are pre-planned with strong intention and formally composed,' Nielsen explains, 'but because I'm working with light, there are always some surprises. The light bleeds and spills and doesn't want to be contained.'
ART FOR GOOD
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