Liz Toole, artist statement.
In my recent work, I have been creating imaginary scenes filled with the patterns of nature inspired by both the Sussex countryside and the diversity of life I found whilst travelling in Africa. I am interested in looking at details of trees and plants, Indian textiles and bird encyclopaedias, and merging these sources to create, wall-paper like patterns that celebrate the English decorative tradition.
My latest prints has been hand-made in small editions , in Brighton and Hastings, using the techniques of lino-cutting and screen-printing. The use of coloured French and Indian hand-made papers has also become increasingly important to me.
Within my work as a whole, I use nature as a metaphor for human emotions.
Liz is based at Phoenix studios, Brighton.