Liz Curtin

Liz Curtin was born in the Bronx in 1953 and raised on Long Island. Primarily self-taught, Curtin attended Montclair College in New Jersey and studied textiles and papermaking. She left school to do a one year internship at Dieu Donne Press and Paper in NYC and later learned how to make plaster molds for casting paper with the late Lynn Forgach of Exeter Press. Curtin then attended Penland School in North Carolina and took a sculptural papermaking class to learn how to make paper from various plants and make wire molds to cast on. For many years paper was Curtin’s primary medium. Slowly, found objects made their way into her work and eventually replaced the paper.

Curtin currently works in many mediums including painting, mixed media, collage, found object sculpture, press-free printmaking, stitching, artist books and handmade paper. She is always eager to learn new techniques and skills that translate into finished artworks. Curtin’s current work focuses on circles and their universal meaning of wholeness, eternity, life cycles of birth and death, completion and centering. Texturing, layering, background, foreground. These all play a part and give visual clues to their meaning.

Curtin has had fourteen one person shows including three at Franklin 54 Gallery (now defunct) and two at the Carter Burden Gallery. She has also been in numerous group shows. She had a found object sculpture juried into Transformations East, at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, curated by Lloyd Herman, founding Director of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. Her work and essay was included in the show catalog. Curtin’s work was published in Fiberarts Design Book 4. Her work is in many collections in the US and abroad. Curtin is also a singer songwriter and a teaching artist at several senior centers in NYC.

Website: lizcurtin.blogspot.comand on Pinterest at lizcurtinartist

 

EXHIBITIONS

2015

November 12 - December 3, 2015
2 x 6 x 17 Drawing Show

September 17 to October 8, 2015
Liz Curtin: On the Wall

July 9 to 30, 2015
12x12 Group Exhibition

2014

September 4 to 25, 2014
Liz Curtin: On the Wall

July 31 to August 21, 2014
What You See Is What You Get

May 29 to June 19, 2014
Works on Walls

February 13 to March 6, 2014
5 X 5 X 100