My work investigates our surroundings and how they interact with memory, permanence, change, and regrowth. How do we process our sense of place and the collective memories that go with it, even as it changes? What of all the people before us who’ve stood in the same place — did they wonder as I do, whether they were here to stay?
By capturing images and layering collage elements, I create abstracted viewpoints that explore timelessness, familiarity, and recognition. Individual elements and marks, specific to a time and place, are obscured by layers of paper and texture, asking you to come with me on a journey of recognition as we all try to find our place in the world.
Liz Ruest is a Canadian artist who’s been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. Brought to the West Coast by technology, she stayed for the weather, mountains, and water, though she sometimes misses the flat fields of rural Ontario, and definitely misses her large French-Canadian family.
Moving west was a significant change, and suddenly her genealogy and love of the long horizon became touchpoints to connect with home, as she reignited artistic pursuits. Explorations in printmaking, photography, and encaustic layering became a way to build up a story of fragments of her life, and to abstract it to the immigrant’s journey.
Liz’s digital collage work has been exhibited and collected in North America and Europe, and is available via Lynn Hanson Gallery in Seattle. She is a member of the Society of Layerists in Multimedia and the Northwest Collage Society.