Lot 154 Liberty Blake - N.D Tape
Collage on Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
Born in England in 1968, Liberty grew up in an alternative, arts-centric environment that encouraged self-expression and creativity. She attended The Looking Glass School, a small experimental school that fostered arts and the environment. This formed the beginning of her love for art, outdoor adventure, and the natural world.
In 1997 she moved to Utah, with her partner and son, where she co-ran the ‘Art Shack’ at Sundance, teaching, exhibiting, and doing graphic design for the resort. It was during this time that she made her first wilderness-inspired abstract collages.
In 2007 she participated in the "337 Project" in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she created the first of many large-scale ‘wall collages.’ The most recent of these is the collaborative ‘Work in Progress Mural Project,’ a 60ft collaged mural, comprised of stencil portraits of women made by members of the community in workshops that she runs with her mother and fellow artist, Jann Haworth.
Liberty lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her abstract collages are a document of the wild natural places and neglected urban environments of the American West. She has shown extensively in Utah, in group and solo shows, and was previously represented by The Phillips Gallery and Modern West Gallery in Salt Lake City. Her work is housed in private collections across the United States, Europe, and Canada. Her current body of work explores the impact of wildfires, their increasing severity, and growing threat.
2021 Right Here Right Now, SUMA, UT
2017 Arrangements: A survey of Utah Collage, group show.
On tour https://heritage.utah.gov/arts-and-museums/tep-arrangments
2017 The Phillips Gallery, show in the main gallery
2016 'Utah 2016 Mixed Media and Works on Paper' exhibit, SLC, UT
2016 ‘Don’t Read This Too’ Springville Museum of Art, UT
2016 ‘Demographics’ Rio Gallery, SLC, UT
2016 “Plural and Partial: Tracing the Intergenerational Self”: Jann Haworth, Annie Kennedy,
Amy Jorgensen, Valerie Atkisson, Liberty Blake & Shawn Rossiter, Rio Gallery, SLC, UT A4:
2013 'Utah 2013 Mixed Media and Works on Paper' exhibit Liberty Blake and Shawn Rossiter ColLaborArt at the Utah Arts Festival, SLC, UT (works of collaboration with Shawn Rossiter)
2011 Liberty Blake: Collages, Stolen & Escaped Gallery, SLC, UT
2007 337 Project, Salt Lake City, UT
2006 Cigar Box Show, Kayo Gallery, SLC, UT
2001 Utah 2001: Works on Paper & Mixed Media, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah
1999 Group show, Mall Gallery, London, UK
2001 Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT
1997-2002 The Art Shack, Sundance Resort
1992 National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Show, London, UK
2017 ‘The Meadow After the Climb’ purchased for the Utah State Fine Art Collection
2015 Salt Lake City Weekly, Best of Utah Arts, ‘Best mixed media/sculpture exhibition’
About the postcard artworks
In 2019 I traveled with my youngest son from Utah to visit my family in London. He was 16 at the time and very excited to visit the streetwear stores in the West End. I always collect paper bags for collage and I amassed a good collection during this trip, thanks to my son! I used an END bag as a base for these collages, I love the printed white letters and wanted to incorporate them in small collages so they could feature prominently. I use mostly found and salvaged paper, scavenging is an important part of the process.