“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And, if you block, it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” —Martha Graham, modern dance pioneer
Liz Swanson, a Baltimore textile artist, became an artist from the feet up. In June 2000, she performed in Alzaruba’s interactive and collaborative performance pieces at such venues as: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY, The Creative Alliance, and Maryland Public Television.
As she danced in the vivid costumes, she began to understand color from the heart out. For Liz, hope is best expressed in movement. Also a writer, Liz asks, “Is there reason to hope?” For Liz, when words fail, there’s art! Her art answers, “Yes!” In that spirit, wearable art is her invitation to you to join the dance.
In “Love Made Material,” Liz creates collages of sequins, ribbon, feathers, and found objects on fabric. This wearable art calls to the whimsical in others. Wear it out in the world and nurture some hope and lightness of spirit, in yourself and in others