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Everyday Masks: The Art Portfolio of Liza Montgomery


A painting of a woman on a wood panelEnlightenment: Ella, oil and mixed media on wood

In her artistic practice, Liza Montgomery explores constructed identities and everyday masks. The artist’s painting and mixed media works use faces and figures as their starting point, adding details and elements like cosmetics and jewelry both to obscure and to create an entirely new face for a subject.


A photo collage using a self-portrait of the artistAfterglow I, photo-collage, watercolour on panel

 

In our previous feature of Liza’s work with the performance of identities we looked primarily at the artist’s paintings. Liza’s works, in oil and mixed media on wood, portray female figures exclusively, many of which seem to take the artist’s own likeness as a starting point. There’s a great focus on facial features in these works -- to the point where other details like bodies and clothing are left unfinished.


A screen capture of Liza Montgomery's art websiteLiza's art portfolio website

 

I also find Liza’s work with photo-collage interesting. It’s neat to see how the artist’s conceptual interests align with this new medium. In the photo-collage gallery, several portraits of the artist seem to utilize a similar visual language as the one found in the artist’s painting, showcasing these masks brought to life.


One half of a diptych made with mixed media and photo collageAltarpiece (diptych), photo-collage and mixed media on panel


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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