Lot 309 - Liberty Blake - Woo Woo
Collage on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
Born in 1968, in London, England, Liberty grew up near Bath. The daughter of two artists, she was immersed in art from an early age. At the age of eight her mother founded The Looking Glass School, a small arts-centric school that encouraged self-expression, with creativity at the heart of the curriculum. These were formative years, the beginning of her love for the natural world and art-making. Liberty attended Sydney Place for her art foundation year, Bath Academy of Art to study illustration and WSCAD to study painting. After college she focused primarily on portrait painting, exhibiting in the 1992 BP show at the National Portrait Gallery, London. In 1997 she moved to Utah ‘for an adventure’ where she co-ran the Sundance Art Shack, teaching paper-making, exhibiting her work and doing poster design and illustration for the resort. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2005. In 2007 she was one of the 337 Project artists, where she did the first of many large-scale wall collages. In 2011 she had her first solo show of collages at Stolen and Escaped gallery. Since then she has shown extensively in Salt Lake City. In 2017 The State of Utah purchased ‘The Meadow After the Climb’ for its permanent collection. She is in many private collections throughout the United States and the UK. Liberty is also the collage artist for the large scale ‘Work in Progress’ mural project currently showing at Pallant House, Chichester, UK and formerly at BYU, MOA and UMOCA. She is currently represented by Modern West Gallery.
Artist Statement: My collages are assembled from cut paper. The shapes are often purposefully awkward and uncomfortable, wedged together as if they are holding each other up, or precariously balanced, layered, worn through. Creating tension and balance is essential, the size and placement of every piece of paper is carefully considered. Color relationships, relative scale, texture, all come into play. My work is abstract, but the story behind each piece is personal and distinct; a place, friend, poem, landscape, object, or collection.