Visiting from Boston, resident artist Liz Blum has the Fish Factory riveted with her inventive approach to raising awareness about pollution on our planet. As imaginative as she is resourceful, Liz arrived at the Factory with no material, prepared to create influential art by reusing discarded objects. For her project, “Good Morning Shining Sun,” Liz has drawn from her immediate surroundings to address wider contextual issues. Reinventing abandoned items requires innovation and Liz has utilised resources all the way from the local lumberyard to the small pages of obsolete National Geographic magazines.
Such ingenuity stems from her career, Liz studied at the Loughborough College of Art and Design and travelled to New York to complete her master's degree. Accustomed to the intimacy and hum of the city, Liz has revelled in the space of Cornwall and adopted the landscape to “jump start” her ideas. A curator as well as an artist, she promotes awareness about climate change and signifies the importance of educating and making art accessible for all. Her former projects in the US have tackled sensitive issues in the political climate through the installations, “First I was Afraid,” and “I Dread to Think.”
In a step away from curation, Liz’s residency has allowed her to focus on herself and an integral part of her process is to direct art in a way that engages her audience without lecturing them. In her exhibition, Liz has employed images from British archives, digital photography and created malleable sculptures from old plastic and flags to connect people to wider social and political issues. By creating art that is completely sustainable, Liz bridges the gap between art and controversy through her enterprise.