Liz Ingram was born in Argentina and grew up in New Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto. For over forty years she taught at the University of Alberta, retiring from her position as Distinguished University Professor in printmaking and drawing/intermedia in 2016. Her artworks have been exhibited in numerous solo and duo exhibitions, and over 300 group exhibitions in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. She has participated in juried International Biennials and Triennials for many years and has received awards for her prints at juried exhibitions in Canada, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), Poland, Korea, Brazil, Estonia, India and Finland. In 1998 Ingram was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 2008 she received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Research Excellence at the University of Alberta and was inducted into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame, in 2009 she was elected into the Royal Society of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture, and in 2011 she was awarded the University Cup (the University’s highest academic honour). She has been visiting artist at universities in North America and overseas including the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, the Musashino Art University in Tokyo and the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany.
Liz Ingram is currently working in various media including etching, lithography, digital media, and installation. Large public commissions include: Touching Water: Anticipation and Memory, Edmonton International Airport, 2004; Confluence Through the Looking Glass, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Canada, 2011; and Water Ways, Sensing Connections, Fort McMurray International Airport, 2014. A few selected exhibitions include: Liz Ingram: Print Encounters 1984 – 2014, Prince Takamado Gallery, Embassy of Canada, Tokyo, Japan, 2015; Liz Ingram: Transition and Transformation, Schwabenakademie, Irsee, Germany, 2013-14; The New World, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, Hungary, 2013; Perceptions of Promise, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York USA, 2011; Beyond Printmaking: Images in Objects (installation), the Jesuits Gallery of Contemporary Art, Poznan, Poland, 2009; Imagining Science: An Artistic Exploration of Science, Society and Social Change, (Installation) Art Gallery of Alberta, 2008: Human/Nature: Contemporary Canadian Installation (4 artists), Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, 2004; Fragile Source 2, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, 2003; Liz Ingram: Fragile Source, Edmonton Art Gallery, 2001; Lines of Site, Gulbenkian Galleries, London, England, and Musashino Museum and Library, Tokyo, Japan, 1999.
My work is focused on transitional states between material presence and the ephemeral. At an early age growing up in India, I was exposed to extremes of physical deprivation butted up against heightened sensuality, exotic rich colours, sounds, smells and ritual practices. I believe that these early experiences predisposed me to my continuing investigations of the human condition with a focus on the human body as nature. Using printed images, paper, ink, glass, light, shimmering pixels, fabric, I strive to give the viewer an experience that will tap memories of the sensation of sinking in water. I am attempting to connect the viewer to a sense of our place in/as nature – a sense of place that is disappearing in our highly consumerist and technological world. For over 35 years source material has been generated from a particular place/lake/stream in the northern boreal forest of Alberta. My recent work represents an attempt to re-awaken awareness of our inextricable and fundamental oneness with nature, and of the elemental aspect of water to all life forms. The work is about vulnerability and strength, about a cycle of disappearing and emerging, wonder and uncertainty.