Line is one of those great mysteries. Just by looking at it you see nothing extraordinary, but it exists because it is a base for all structures to take form. It has a quiet strength and resiliency that I find incomparable and because of this, I find myself being envious of the line. It gets to be all the things that I have yet to discover about myself and the world around me.
Simply stated, line is the base for my introspection. I don’t just think of line as something that is static or unwaveringly rigid. When I think of line, I see it as a starting point to delve deeper into my vulnerabilities; to explore my varied moods of peacefulness, anxiety and mental acuity. It is a challenge to explain how seemingly simple gestures, patterns and connections translate into thoughts and feelings about inward struggles and worldly paradoxes. Changes in shape, color, and connectivity all lead the way into deeper philosophical thoughts and the idea of allowing oneself to be imperfect. Line is therapy.
I want the viewers, of my work, to be able to see past the aesthetic and find the freedom to explore their own thoughts and imperfections. To follow the lines I’ve laid and internalize their own emotions and sense of humanity; whether that be individually or communally. I want viewers to experience growth, independence and mental clarity through the simplicity of line.
– Liz Mares, 2017
Liz Mares (b. 1978) is a contemporary artist living in the Chicago-Land area. Her works are heavily influenced by the use of the line, architectural structuring, connection and negative spaces. Liz Mares’ works have been in exhibitions at the Customs House Museum (Clarksville, TN), Wolff Gallery (Portland, OR), 33 Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Roman Susan Annex (Chicago, IL.)
2016 Rhetorical Geometry, Wolff Gallery – Portland, OR
2014 Expression for Isadora Duncan, Site Specific Installations, White Ripple Gallery & Co. – Hammond, IN
2013 Rudimentary, Walnut Ink Projects – Michigan City, IN
2011 INside Out, Tool Shed Gallery – Milwaukee, WI
2010 Masque, Substation No. 9 – Hammond, IN
2005 Selected Works, Bernard Gallery – Whiting, IN
GROUP & DUO EXHIBITIONS (selected)
2017 Pop-Up (Curated by Highland Redevelopment Commission), – Highland, IN
2017 Geometric Complexions (Curated by Sergio Gomez), Zhou B Art Center. – Chicago, IL
2016 Line of Site (Curated by Janice Bond), Mott St. – Chicago, IL
2016 Gateway (Curated by Janice Bond), Art NXT Level Projects /33 Contemporary – Chicago, IL
2015 P.O.P : Perceptions of Population (Curated by Liz Mares), 33 Contemporary Gallery – Chicago, IL
2015 Mares & Jimenez (Duo Exhibition), Walnut Ink Projects – Michigan City, IN
2015 Slideshow, Roman Susan Annex – Chicago, IL
2014 Emergence, Mist Gallery – Richmond, VA
2014 Curator’s Choice: The 10th National Self-Portrait Exhibition, 33 Contemporary Gallery – Chicago, IL
2014 Family: Interpretations by Contemporary Women Artists, Customs House Museum – Clarksville, TN
2013 No Away To Throw To, 3 Women Exhibition, Sacred Keepers Youth Garden / Shacks & Shanties – Bronzeville – Chicago, IL
2012 MergeArts 2012 Summer Exhibition, MergeArts – Hammond, IN
2011 Feminist Depictions of Darkness in Place, Space and Season, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
2010 Go Figure, Thaddeus C. Gallery – Laporte, IN
2016 Highland Redevelopment Commission : Mural Project (Legacy Foundation Grant) – Highland, IN.
2015 Artist in Residence Program – Keweenaw Coffee Works – Calumet, MI.
2013 Lake House Studio Residency – CRN Fine Art – Valporaiso, IN.
2015 Insight Design Conference – Cedar Lake Arts Center – Cedar Lake, IN.
2013 What’s That – Panel Discussion on Public Art, Environmental Movement and Community – Chicago, IL
2016 Portland Gallery Only Features Female Artist – KGW8 News – Portland, OR
2015 iARTistas Magazine Issue #13 – Publisher : Goss183 Publishing Group
2014 iARTistas Magazine Issue #11 – Publisher : Goss183 Publishing Group
2014 Poets /Artists Magazine, Issue #55 – Curated Sergio Gomez – Publisher : Didi Menendez
2013 3C Wear, LLC – T-Shirt Design
CORPORATE/PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)
Dechert LLP (Chicago)
Dechert LLP (Washington DC)
CRN Fine Art (Chicago/Los Angeles)
Het Kleurbureau (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Kinsey Institute of Indiana University (Bloomington)