Liz Waugh McManus

I aim for a sense of living presence in my work and to engage with the viewer through narrative or playfulness, relating to my background in puppetry and anthropology as well as sculpture. I specialise in glass as a medium, sometimes combining it with video projection. I enjoy working in glass because of its versatility: transparency, opacity, colour, two or three dimensionality, capacity to ‘hold’ or reflect light. It offers an artist many metaphors due to its fragility, strength, sharpness and associations. I am inspired by fragments of stories often discovered in books, toys, archival film footage, photographs which I have inherited.

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After training in art and design at Dartington College of Arts and Oxford Polytechnic, I did a PhD in anthropology of art at the Queen’s University of Belfast. As well as being a sculptor, I run Obelon Arts, which produces theatre shows and organises arts projects. I began to work in glass in 2002, learning glass skills from leading practitioners in the field: Clifford Rainey, Tessa Clegg, Irene Frolic, Stephen Durrow of Urban Glass N.Y., and Erik Whitmore from Bullseye Glass, and having mentorships with Emma Woffenden and Angela Thwaites. I am a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.

Selected Exhibitions
2015  Glass-Objects, installations and video, Belfry Arts Centre, 28 July to 14 August 2015
2015  Wish you were here, CGS exhibition at British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge, 29 May to 28 June 2015
2015  Glass explosion, the Forum, Norwich, 8-10 May 2015
2015  Ripples, Pyramid Gallery, York, until 5 May 2015
2014  Coburg Glass Prize, Veste Coburg, Germany
2014  Solo show, The Cut, Halesworth
2013  Three Glass Artists, Craftco
2013  Art Alive, Norwich Assembly Rooms
2012 and 2010 British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge
2012  Snakes and Ladders, Belfry Arts Centre
2012  Glass Games, Redchurch St Gallery, London
2011  Melt, London Glassblowing Gallery
2011  Suffolk Showcase, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds

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