Liz Toohey-Wiese is a current MFA candidate at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a graduate from Emily Carr University, receiving her BFA in painting. In her undergraduate degree she also studied at the University of Victoria and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. In August 2011 she completed a residency at Gamlí Skolí in Hrísey, Iceland and has taken part in solo and group shows across Canada. Her drawings and paintings explore relationships between identity and place. Born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, her work seeks to intervene in the broader notion of “landscape” in the cities and the surrounding natural areas she finds herself in.
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In an extensively globalized world where lived connections to land and nature are increasingly rare, Liz Toohey-Wiese’s work is an investigation into physical and psychological groundedness. Her work explores Canadian identity as it relates to depictions of landscape, and how art can be used as a tool to reconnect people to places. Drawing upon collective memory, the history of landscape painting, and her own first-hand experiences, the artist creates landscapes which are based in the real world, yet altered through memory. Through her paintings and drawings, she explores concepts of homeland, storytelling, geography, space and place.