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.)
2017 – Dark Matter, Chess Art Gallery (Purdue University) – Hammond, IN
2017 – Pop-Up (Curated by Highland Redevelopment Commission) – Highland, IN
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 – 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.
2017 – Art on the Air – WVLP 103.1 Radio – Valparaiso, 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
2017 – On the Radar, Lakeshore Public Access Interview WLPR-FM 98.1
2016 – Portland Gallery Only Features Female Artists – 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)