I have seen the work by Liz Ward before only in small representation. I have seen her Aquatints published in ARTLies!, I believe, or maybe it was at Flatbed Press and have visited her website. Through the use of techniques such as “aqua”tint and “water”colors coupled with images of plants and nature I get the idea that she is influenced by water. Then Aqueous is announced.
I enjoyed the show. The work is good and contains substance. The watercolors present themselves as professional and are a pleasure to experience. The silverpoints are simple line drawings that mesmerize in their repetition and attract in their meticulous, intimate being. Being introduced into the exhibit by one of these intimate works, I was drawn in to inspect it and the rest of the work in a macro-micro viewing.
Unfortunately, the silverpoints suffered at the micro level as graphite boundaries were made visible. With work that is so precise, any trace of error or awkwardness disrupts the illusion of painstaking accuracy. But stepping back, the large silverpoints were my favorites. Especially the only one for sale, #17. The splashes of color seeping through the white ground made that particular piece pulsate with the life the other works lacked. Even the most vibrantly painted appeared to be under inspection in the frigid and rigid environs of a scientist.
Throughout the exhibit there is a sense of contemplation. You can almost hear the water trickling down the fountain in your quiet backyard garden. I believe water has that soothing ability with its constant flow and adaptable shape that aids in meditation. Although the individual pieces have movement, the flow has been frozen. The meditation has become an inspection.
The craftsmanship is mature and the images tend to be stable. The flow of the exhibit is a little disrupted by the void in the middle of the gallery. It could be just me, but that is too much space between works. But besides that and the stray pencil marks, it was a good show. I believe its imagery is abstracted enough to make the public put their thinking caps on but retains its identity so that their is no need for an extended explanation of what is going on.