LIZZ ASTON "MONUMENT (TO A FUTURE SELF)" 2020
Lizz Aston's practice is informed by the history and production of textiles and decorative arts. In recent years she has also been intrigued by nature (including flowers and semi-precious rocks), human interconnectedness, and the current sociopolitical environment.
Her process often begins with an anonymous textile pattern, such as a hand-made lace doily, and then manipulating it digitally before creating a new contemporary descendant.
These transformed and augmented patterns are then hand-cut on fine Japanese Kozo paper (aka mulberry paper) which are then painted, stained or dyed. Often using organic dyes that the artist has created herself. (We recommend following her on instagram where she often documents how she creates natural dyes from Canadian flowers @lizzaston).
For this new work "Monument (to A Future Self)" Aston was inspired by our current socio-political environment. Aston created this bright work to represent a trophy or monument towards a more optimistic future, for the self or others. Acknowledging current events, "Monument (to a Future Self)" asks how we can do better, and what best future-self can we embody to get there.
Cool aqua blue reminiscent of the clear California-sky/ocean floats beneath a gleaming yellow sun. In contrast to the recent ominous smoky wildfire skies, and the darkness of our times, this work presents a bright, colorful prayer for the future.
This work signifies a new direction within Aston's oeuvre. It is the first time she's worked with color blocking, painted geometric shapes, and flat colors. Through this evolution Aston maintains her signature astounding attention to detail, color, and form.
To heighten the shape's impact, Aston elevates the cut-out with an intricate structure of pins beneath the work, thereby creating dramatic shadows.
To learn more about Lizz Aston's process click here for a video and studio tour produced by Canadian Art magazine.
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"Monument (to a Future Self)"
Hand-cut, painted and dyed Japanese Kozo paper
Signed on the backing by the artist.
19"H 18"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass according to specifications by the artist
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