Liz has created a collection of paintings of plants in close detail: uprooted, revealing their complex structures and individual history, and full of visual delight. Although not intended as a scientific study, the paintings bring us to a new relationship with nature.
Liz Miranda’s life as an artist has an international flavour. She was born in Iran, studied in England and France, worked, taught and exhibited, mainly in Brazil, and then returned to England to paint, etch, bring up a family and teach. She continues to teach, concentrating on painting from direct observation. In 2010 Liz exhibited at the Highgate Gallery and in this show her work is, as always, in oil on canvas or wood.
For the past few years Liz has been painting plants in close detail. She likes to work with the whole shape of each plant but also wants to focus on its component parts – roots, stalks, seed-heads, pods, the changes of colour, the texture and thickness of stem with the position on it of the leaves and nodes.
However realistic, her works are not illustrations. Liz wants them to be true but accuracy is not the goal: they are paintings. Painting is the second stage of freezing the potential development of these natural forms; though they were already denied growth when uprooted from the soil.
Her subjects range from modest London weeds to exotic plants, flowers, trees and grasses of the tropics. All are closely observed to reveal their individual integrity.
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