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Paper Artist / Liverpool

I make things. I use whatever seems necessary, or whatever I can find. I have used old paper and rusted wire, words and gestures, flowers, feathers, ink, dreams, bones and thread. Often it is found objects and materials, things which have been abandoned, discarded, or things which are broken and, freed from their original function, can become something else.

I gather things in baskets and have pockets full of string and rusty nails and fluff and fragments of dried-out leaves. This searching, this collecting, sometimes becomes a story or an unwitting performance. I carry bundles of twigs, chairs, bits of metal, three broken umbrellas. Once I was asked to take part in an exhibition because when the curator first saw me I was carrying a pair of fairground horse’s legs.

Often my work responds to a particular place or time. I have made work to hang in galleries and in trees, to sit on bookshelves and in museum cases, to set sail and to be burnt on a fire. I have made things which fill a room or a stage, and things which need a magnifying glass, but I like best to make things which can be held in the hand.

I am inspired by stories, by fairytales and myths and dreams, by what we remember and what is forgotten. I am interested in the edge of things, the places where one thing becomes another; neither here nor there, somewhere in between. I am drawn to things which don’t fit in, or which contradict themselves; the pull between strength and fragility, secrecy and spectacle, nature and artifice, between the real and the imagined, the ordinary and extraordinary.”

– Elizabeth Willow

Elizabeth Willow is a fine and applied artist based in Liverpool, who makes sculptures, installations, interventions, artist books and performances. She has studied psychology, dance and fine art at Liverpool University and Liverpool Arts Centre. Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited and performed locally, nationally and internationally; and shown in galleries, museums and theatres, and also on beaches and street corners, in libraries, gardens, dilapidated houses and a railway station.