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Artists: Liz Byrne

Title of Exhibition: Outsider

Date: Friday 21st April to Saturday 6th May

About the Exhibition: An exhibition of new print work made at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, 2017

Artist Statement: Byrnes work is inspired by the journeys she makes outside in the landscape of North Leitrim. Being outside engages the senses, triggers memory and exercises the imagination, providing many of the initial gestures and responses for developing new work. Using small sketchbook drawings as a means of observation Byrne records a series of encounters with the effects of natural forces that constantly modify and challenge our more static representation of the land. These meditations on time capture the moods and atmospheres of diverse phenomena such as the ever changing patterns of light and cloudy skies; the rhythm and sound of rainwater; the peat soaked bog; the scarred escarpments of the valleys and the affect of wind and weather on the trees. All of these find there way into the artists work through the use of simple pattern and motif techniques developed within the chemical processes of the printmakers art. It is through these multiple ideas and depictions that the artist explores, experiments and engages various print forms, often in the same piece, to describe her imagined Outside.





Biography: Born in Dar-es-Salaam and raised in northern England, Liz Byrne studied at
Loughborough School of Art for BA hons (1975-1978) and Reading College of Art where she acquired a Diploma in Community Arts (1989-2000). Byrnes community arts projects include a range of engagements in educational settings across Ireland and the UK including recent work as an arts tutor for the VEC/MSLETB; the Organic Centre; Leitrim Intercultural Group and Manorhamilton Print Group. Byrne has also worked with the highly acclaimed Five Glens Arts Festival, local Samhain events and continues to work with various community groups and young students from across the North West.
Working primarily in the medium of print, Byrnes work can be found in private and public collections both, her exhibitions include: Evidence Of Small Behaviours Print Symposium with the Manorhamilton Print Group (2016); LIVECRAFT at the Leitrim Design House (2013); Open Circle group exhibitions (2004-2006) and exhibited at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo (2004) and Waterfront Gallery Rosses Point (2005). Byrne was selected to make a presentation print for President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin 2005.  In 2016 she was awarded a Professional Development Residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre  to create a body of new work in print, including her experimental ‘print mobiles’ currently on show at the Centre.