Line is everything! It is the vital principle behind every work that I create. When I observe the world around me, I am not only looking at my subjects as a whole, but am silently deconstructing them one line at a time and then putting them back together again. This doesn’t matter if I am looking at the sharp edges of buildings, the delicate curves of nature or the precision of geometric formations.

Why do I do this?

This practice of elimination and inclusion, allows for me to study and understand connection. How pieces fit, worlds construct and how nature chooses it’s path to create strength, beauty and wholeness. This is the essence of connectivity and how line plays the part of adjoining me with the natural and/or man-made worlds.

The starting points of my work are (often) built from instinct; visualizing the end point before a mark is ever made. This accomidates for an organic flow and I accomplish this through the use of long-established methods such as ink, graphite and paint on paper or wood. In the advent of change, new media methods have become prominent in my practice. By using the computer, I take photographic cuts and collage them with deep-rooted drawing/painting techniques. Once finished, I carefully choose my paper type for each exclusive print. By blending the old and the new, I can find a renewed freedom for experimentation and allow viewers to experience growth, independence and mental clarity through simplicity.

– Liz Mares

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Suburban Seas, Promise You Art House – Highland, IN
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)

2019 – Indy Windy : A Love Story (Curated by Ish Muhammad), Marshall J. Gardner Center – Miller, IN
2019 – Smalls to the Walls, Galerie F – Chicago, IL
2018 – Indy Windy : A Love Story (Curated by Ish Muhammad), South Shore Arts – Munster, IN
2018 – Degrees of Abstraction (Curated by Mary Bookwalter, Janice Meister, Carol Weber), 201 Gallery – Argonne, IL
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, 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/PROJECTS

2019 – Owl You Need is Love Public Art Project – Sponsored by Humane Indiana 
2018 – MINI Library Box Project Artist – Sponsored by MINI USA, Saatchi Art for Little Black Pearl – Chicago, IL
2018 – ‘Highland Has Art’ Grant : Highland Community Foundation
2016 – Highland Redevelopment Commission : Mural Project : Legacy Foundation Grant

RESIDENCY

2017-18 – Artist in Residence – Green Street Projects – Chicago, IL.
2015 – Artist in Residence – Keweenaw Coffee Works – Calumet, MI.
2013 – Lake House Studio Residency – CRN Fine Art – Valparaiso, IN.

LECTURES/TALKS

2019 – Artist Talk – Indy Windy : A Love Story – Marshall J. Gardner Center – Miller, IN
2018 – Art and Social Action – Saatchi Art Talks Panel – The Other Art Fair – Chicago, IL
2017 – On the Radar, Lakeshore Public Access Interview WLPR-FM 98.1
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 – Public Art, Environmental Movement and Community – Chicago, IL

PUBLICATIONS

2018 – HERE Magazine – The Story of Highland’s Three- Walled Mural
2016 – Portland Gallery Only Features Female Artists – KGW8 News – Portland, OR
2015 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #13 
2014 – iARTistas Magazine Issue #11
2014 – Poets /Artists Magazine, Issue #55

CORPORATE/PRIVATE COLLECTIONS (selected)

University of Chicago Medicine – Prairie View A&M University – Dechert LLP – Charles Schwabb – Indiana University – Reside Living (Lofts at Gin Alley) – Het Kleurbureau