Liz Collini’s prints, drawings and installations explore tensions and possibilities within written or printed text, most frequently between word and image, hand and machine and reading and looking. Words and phrases are painstakingly drawn and printed as if uncannily seen for the first time, detached from context and floating freely to allow multiple meanings and underlying ambiguities to emerge. Their resemblance to plans and blueprints reflects the provisional nature of the written word and literalises the structural undercurrents of language. Her work has been described as a point where word and image “collide and bother one another.” More recent work has returned to the idea of the image-as-text using photographs and drawings.
Liz worked as a public sector manager for twenty years before studying art, graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Middlesex University in 2005 followed by a Masters in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2007.
Since graduating from the RCA, Liz has shown widely in London, including the Curwen Gallery, ArtFutures at the Bloomberg Space, and Heart of Glass, part of the Shoreditch Concrete and Glass Festival and Bearspce in Deptford.
In 2009 she had a solo show at the Original Gallery in Hornsey Library (‘Working Towards’) and has had work selected for major exhibitions in Dublin, Newcastle and Japan. A drawing (‘it really doesn’t matter at all’) won an award at the 2009 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Liz’s work has been shown frequently in recent RA Summer Exhibitions, and this year both entries were exhibited (the prints Construction III and IV) .
In 2010 Liz co-curated a major show of extended printmaking in Lisbon’s City Museum (‘…and then again…’) as a collaborative project with Portuguese artists and staff and ex-students from the Royal College of Art. In 2011 Liz was a featured artist in Bite, the annual printmaking show held at the Mall Galleries. Liz has shown major installations at the Bury International Text Festivals in 2009, 2011 and 2014. She has written chapters for two recent publications concerned with the Text Festivals (The Dark Would and The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry). Her work was featured on the cover of the latter.
In 2011 Liz was commissioned by the V&A to make a large site-specific piece for the Prints and Drawings Study Room, now installed as a permanent feature of the Museum. The preparatory drawing and a print (nem uma coisa nem outra) are also held in the collection.
Her work is also held in collections at Bury Museum, in Lisbon and at Penguin Books.
Liz makes and exhibits prints as part of the East London Printmakers collective in Hackney.