Artist Statement

Artist, designer, craftsperson: Liz Grotyohann spends her days combining disparate objects to create a greater whole.

Trained as a graphic designer and specializing in environments—signage, wayfinding and exhibitions—Liz's professional and personal work shift suddenly from design at a very public scale to fine art at a quieter, intimate scale

Liz's collage and found object art has been called "dark, wicked and evocative." She assembles scraps of paper, wood and cast off objects into dark vignettes often dealing with difficult issues. Frequently, she uses iconic symbols of childhood recontextualized to portray a loss of innocence. Her works are sometimes deliberately ambiguous, leaving it to the viewer to decide what level of message to take from the piece. Often a feeling of foreboding haunts viewers, as if the story of the work is at a critical turning point and could soon go terribly wrong—such is the case with the little girl about to wander into a den of bears in Watch Out, Goldilocks! A sense of imminent danger fueled by naivete can be witnessed in many of Liz's works.

As an artist, designer and now craftsperson, Liz is driven by the belief that every element in a work must serve a functional purpose—whether it simply anchors the composition or tells an integral part of the story. She works in layers, and then strips back each piece, be it a collage, poster design or exhibition, to its bare functional and aesthetic necessities. To quote author/illustrator Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. "

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Black-billed magpie, latin name.
(See also magpie: Someone who collects things cast off by others)