Liz Ingram’s work explores the interconnectedness of the human body and the precious resource of water.

Liz Ingram’s work explores the connection of the human body and the precious resource of water.
Photo Credit: University of Alberta

ART- Liz Ingram, Alberta print maker and more

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Born in Argentina, she grew up in India, in New Delhi and Mumbai, before moving to Toronto, and then to Alberta where she has produced award-winning art while also instructing other creative minds for over 40 years. She was elected into the Royal Society of Canada in 2009 for her contributions to Canadian culture.

Liz Ingram is distinguished professor emerita just retired from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

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Professor emerita Liz Ingram
Professor emerita Liz Ingram © University of Alberta- folio- G McMaster

Her latest exhibition is a mini-retrospective of more than 40 years while teaching at the university.

It’s called “Water Bodies”, and explores how we as humans are connected with and are made up of water, a precious resource we should be aware of and be careful to preserve this basic element of life.

In her work Ingram makes use of various media including etching, photo intaglio, digital media, and installation.

Sacred Stream II1, 2001Layered digital prints, plexiglas, wood, fluorescent lightsSynectic Pulse, 2005Layered digital prints, plexiglas, wood, fluorescent lights, sound track213 x 97 x 11 cm.  (7 ft. x 38 in. x 6 in.).Sacred Stream IV, 2001Layered digital prints, plexiglas, wood, fluorescent lights
Sacred Stream II1, 2001Layered digital prints, plexiglas, wood, fluorescent lightsSynectic Pulse, 2005Layered digital prints, plexiglas, wood, fluorescent lights, sound track213 x 97 x 11 cm. (7 ft. x 38 in. x 6 in.).Sacred Stream IV, 2001Layered digital prints, plexiglas, wood, fluorescent lights © supplied

She has won awards for her prints in Canada and in places like Slovenia, Korea, Brazil, Estonia, India and Finland.

Penetrating Gestures: Entropy, 2016Penetrating Gestures: Repose, 2016 Penetrating Gestures: Membrane, 2016
Penetrating Gestures: Entropy, 2016Penetrating Gestures: Repose, 2016 Penetrating Gestures: Membrane, 2016 Penetrating Gestures: Gravity, 2016 Inkjet and stone lithography214 x 102 cm. each © supplied

Her works have been featured in locations around the world ranging from Poznan Poland, Shanghai China, the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo Japan, Irsee Germany, Debrecen Hungary and more.

Liz Ingram with *Fragile Source*, 2001 photo intaglio, screenprint, wood (modular print in 12 sections)200 x 444 x 12 cm (6.56 ft. x 14.6 ft. x 5 in)
Liz Ingram with *Fragile Source*, 2001 photo intaglio, screenprint, wood (modular print in 12 sections)200 x 444 x 12 cm (6.56 ft. x 14.6 ft. x 5 in) © Liz Ingram

Having long explored the transition between the physical and the ephemeral, in recent work the environment and especially water have become themes to be explored, again through a variety of media.

Her recent work is inspired in part by the property she and husband Bernd Hildebrandt own in natural setting beside a lake in the Alberta foothills. His poetry also appears on some of the works. She notes that the natural surrounding is also a “collaborator” and also highlights the need to be aware and preserve the nature that supports us.

Silken Refuge, 2017Inkjet print on silk, aluminum rods, cord, lead weights, laser-cut reflective vinyl
Silken Refuge, 2017Inkjet print on silk, aluminum rods, cord, lead weights, laser-cut reflective vinyl © supplied

Although just retired from the University of Alberta, she currently has an exhibition there- Water Bodies- which showcases several works spanning decades.

But retirement is not an excuse to slow down, but rather to focus even more on creation. Indeed she’ll soon be off for a four-month residency in Buenos Aires

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