Lizzie Watts is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Much of Watts’ work explores a fantastical engagement with the natural world which suggests a connection between seeing and feeling. Atmosphere is important for Watts, who sees feeling strange as another example of how we understand our surroundings in an embodied way. Attracted by cartoons and their ability to explore bodiliness, abjection and disgust, Watts utilises kitschy and, at times, grotesque sensibilities to create what she calls ‘ecologies of intimate objects’.
Her work often examines the anachronistic nature of British urban/suburban environments; the bodies that navigate them and their messy intermingling of human and non-human timescales. Ideas about these relationships are manifested in Watts’ work through strange objects, and in films and animations which focus upon isolated and enchanting behaviour. As well as her studio practice, Watts is a frequent collaborator and animator for short films directed by filmmaker Yvonne Zhang.
Solo exhibitions include: Better Rainfall, CCA Intermedia Gallery (2019), selected for Alchemy Film Festival (2020).
Group exhibitions include: Companion Voyages online show, Exposed Arts Projects (2020); Say what I am Called, Caledonia Road Church, Glasgow International Art Festival (2018); Rhododendrons Through Your Stomach, Crownpoint Studios (2017); WITHKIN, Melbury Abbas (2017). Website: lizziewatts.info Instagram: @lazywitts