Liz Atkin is a visual artist based in London. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice. Skin is her primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin so as to question the limits of the body and the potentials for communication across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces. This personal investigation explores body focused repetitive behaviour resulting in a rendering of the body in order to condense it to matter for re-sculpting.
Liz has exhibited in London, Los Angeles and Japan. London exhibitions include The Bethlem Gallery, APT Gallery, Camden People's Theatre, Siobhan Davies Studios, Blackheath Halls, and curated group shows for Muxima, Parallax AF Pall Mall, Showcase Cities, and Rich Mix. Liz was Fellowship Artist in Residence at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Yamaguchi Japan in August 2011 and was Artist in Residence on The Genesis Project at Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles 2008. She has made collaborative work with photographers Cameron McNee and Lenka Rayn H, molecular biologist Dr Simon Park at University of Surrey, performance maker Luke Pell, and film maker Oliver Warren.
Liz won the London Paper self-portrait award with the Affordable Art Fair in February 2008 and British Women Artists 2010 competition. Her work was selected for an Honorable Mention for New Artist's Fair 2012 and as a Judge's Favourite in British Women Artist's 2012 Competition. She has a Masters in European Dance Theatre Practice with Distinction from Trinity Laban. Liz was a selected British artist for 1 Day of Art: London for (t)here Magazine, New York; a book of her collaboration with Lenka Rayn H has been published and her artwork is the subject of a documentary short by Dingo Bill Productions for Manifesto, a NYC/LDN company.
Liz is a resident artist in Havelock Walk in South London, a creative community of sculptors, painters, designers, photographers and other visual artists. She exhibits work in regular Havelock Open Studios throughout the year.