Liz Nielsen

Liz Nielsen’s works draw from a number of different experiments and experiences. The influence of Ellsworth Kelly and color field painters are inherent in her practice, as are collage and varying urban landscapes. For her most recent body of work, Nielsen created unique chromogenic prints by cutting colored gels, placing them onto glass slides in various arrangements and used that as the negative. She then enters a darkroom in blindness to experiment with time and exposure – the effect is organic, playful and intuitive.


Nielsen’s presentations and inventions turn the outer world inward, making one world into two and interchange the subjective with the objective. She layers and intersects shapes, lines and colors that are found in both created and pre-existing landscapes – each revealing connections that may otherwise go unnoticed. Inwardly, these images, places and spaces fall flat and locations become ambiguous.


Liz Nielsen received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including David Zwirner, New York; Schalter, Berlin; and the Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago. Press includes pieces in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Nielsen currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Liz Nielsen; Like Miro, 2014; analog chromogenic photograph, unique; 24 x 20 in.