Lizzie Farey

Lizzie Farey’s intricate structures capture a still moment, a distillation and order. Calm after a storm.

Intimate forms provide a hint of the process of creation. We can see and even feel points of tension in the work. Our eye can follow the artist’s hand, the choices made in twisting and turning this flexible medium.

Born in Singapore, Farey has been based in rural Galloway, in Scotland’s South West for the last 30 years. The rural setting of her home and studio is her guiding inspiration, her sensitive handling of wood revealing an interaction with nature that is deeply personal.

Farey grows much of her own palette of artist’s materials. Planting, tending and harvesting a range of willow which is grown for both texture and colour.

Willow, its flow of flex and tension is often manipulated into rhythmic patterns. Artist, willow and form, each unique, reach a perfection as the work comes together, the inner creative process and final form working as one.

Lizzie Farey’s work is represented in public and private collections including the National Museums Scotland, City Art Centre, Edinburgh and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. She has received many awards and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally including most recently in Chicago, Geneva and Berlin. 

In 2011 Farey was guest artist at the Cheongju International Biennale in South Korea. She also exhibits regularly with Browngrotta Arts in Connecticut, USA.

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Photography by Warren Sanders

Meet the Maker

In 2012, Craft Scotland produced this short film looking at Lizzie's work, visiting her Galloway studio and the nearby willow field where the artist harvests her source materials. Find out more about Craft Scotland