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Lizanne van Essen

Artist's books, collage,ink & watercolour
Meldreth

My work includes a variety of media including collage, paint, textiles, printmaking and book art.  The images are sometimes representational sometimes abstracted, and emphasise line, form and colour. 

The sculptural books evolved from a delight in pure form, with the play of light creating shadows and volume.  I was excited by the combination of delicate detail and strength, and of simplicity and complexity - also by the surprise element created when the flat book covers opened to reveal sculptural forms.  Sometimes I like to combine images and words and colour, fracturing them with cuts, but at other times I like to emphasise the geometry and symmetry of monochrome abstract sculpture.

I exhibit both in the UK and abroad, make illustrations, paintings and artist's books on commission, and I run workshops for adults and children in pop ups,  making simple books and making altered books.

The Chaperone
Recurrence
Black Magic
Germs
Hot Flush
Spillikins
Suspend
Help
A Certain Smile
Up and Away
We Three
Eye of the Beholder
Depths
No Risk No Gain
Osteoporosis
Peace
Sweet Harmony
Summer Music
Dementia
All's Well
Potiphar's Wifd
Firmament