Wednesday, April 13, 2011
My pilgrimage in the art world centers on the spiritual and physical dualities of nature, growth, connections, and journeys. Parallels in my personal life have transformed this destiny. Every twist and turn of the path creates a new avenue of discovery and artistic vision with commitment and mindfulness to art. This quest and curiosity to delve deeper has informed my identity.
As a tonal colorist I explore the layered richness of dyes, the multi-textural aspects of papers and fabrics, the wide ranging dimensions of printmaking and my emotional response when creating. Various fabrics and papers transition through multiples processes with dyes, over-dyes, print techniques and the introduction of photography and digital elements. Each step proceeds from an intuitive emotional approach based on years of self-directed study whereby colors became the catalyst. Hard, soft, and blurred edges combine to form layers of color using dyes, paints and inks. The response to color creates the freedom for tones, shades, values and hues to develop. Surfaces are completed with hand and/or machine stitching. Every process builds on the previous process and manifests a new creative vision.
In traveling the full circle from beginning sketches and ideas to completed art there is a deepened connection with new spirituality and consciousness.
Liz Napier’s art journey initiated when she undertook postgraduate art classes at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas in the 1980’s. She shaped this foundation with study from masters in the areas of color, design, fiber, and through printmaking classes and workshops. Areas of intense study for the last 30 years include color, design, surface embroidery, fiber dyes, numerous print techniques and, recently, the use of photography and digital elements. Napier’s work is included in private collections and public commissions in both Texas and New Mexico. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Napier’s art is available at the Dragonfly Gallery at Rosedale, Austin, TX and the Fredericksburg Art Guild, Fredericksburg, Texas.