is an English artist based in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
Working across many disciplines (including artist's books, illustrations, paper engineering, painted and collaged abstracts, printmaking and textiles), Lizanne specialises in delightfully intricate paper-cut and pop-up books which explore and highlight the complex sculptural possibilities of working with paper.
In Lizanne's own words:
'My work is intended to be "images to delight the eye and provoke thought", and includes a variety of media including collage, paint, textiles, printmaking and book art.
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 thrusting 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.
When considering my book for the Personal Histories Exhibition I thought of what to put in, when it happened, and where - but then I thought of "how many" - and planned the book to detail aspects of my life in numbers.'
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