Artist Statement

Liz Hammond

I prefer paint to reveal, to converse with the viewer whether myself or other, and to not entirely tell the whole story. My recent series of works have been inspired by a story, which in turn was inspired by real events, of otherness, of the gulf between the first and third worlds. My awareness, and horror, of the treatment of refugees in many places has also presented itself.

I live by the sea, which makes its own marks, leaves traces, rusts and rots.  I am inspired by the Wabi Sabi aesthetic both in valuing the imperfect, the aged, the ever-changing, and also in the mystery of a painting, one which is not immediately seen and understood.

In addition to painting, I have an ever-growing collection of sketch books, and belong to a group of women artists, Drawn Together.