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"Obsessive Self-Representation": Art by Liza Mongomery

A painting of three figures in a strange processionProcession, oil and mixed media on wood panel

Liza Montgomery is a painter and mixed media artist whose work explores the identities that we construct for ourselves. The artist’s recent works are primarily concerned with female identities and expressions of, as Liza calls it, “obsessive self-representation.”


A study of a person's hand adorned with various baublesMy Left Hand, Adorned: Accumulation Study #1, ink, gesso and found paper on wood panel


Some of Liza’s most recent works fall into her series entitled Rituals. The works in this series seem to take a jumping-off point from beauty, in particular the rituals of beauty and makeup. However, the artist layers these concepts with more complex and esoteric ideas of rituals, from private, personal routine to religious processions.


A screen capture of Liza Montgomery's art


I enjoy the way that Liza’s painting style fits in with her subject matter. Most of her works are painted onto wood panels, and the artist tends to leave quite a lot of the bare wood grain showing in the finished pieces. With detailed line art and looser, almost unfinished painted moments, Liza enforces the idea that the subjects of her paintings are taking part in routines and acts that are ongoing.


A self-portrait by Liza MontgomerySelf-Portrait as an Enlightened Artist, oil and mixed media on wood

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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