About

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

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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.)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

AWARDS/GRANTS

2016     Highland Redevelopment Commission : Mural Project (Legacy Foundation Grant) – Highland, IN.

RESIDENCY

2015     Artist in Residence Program – Keweenaw Coffee Works – Calumet, MI.
2013     Lake House Studio Residency – CRN Fine Art – Valporaiso, IN.

LECTURES/TALKS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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)