Liffey Speller is a mixed media artist who works in a variety of mediums. Utilising painting, sculpture and installation her aim is to address ideas of transience and fragility through both material and subject.
Born in England, she has lived in South Africa since 1999. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2011 and is now practicing in Johannesburg.
The materials she veers towards have unpredictable characteristics, such as salt or ink. It is this volatile nature that she is interested in utilising.
Her work centres on the ideas of temporality, time and essentially death. The process of regeneration following destruction, be that of the mind or the body, is her main focus.
It is these acts of destruction, whether performed by her or by an external force, that harness these unpredictable moments and demonstrate how delicate and fleeting both we and the world around us really are.
The opposing concepts of preservation and healing are also an important part of her practice. This juxtaposition of destruction verses regeneration is a demonstration of the balance of positive and negative forces. The hope of healing is necessary in a world where in the end everything wears away.
Essentially her work is a journey, working through ideas of spirituality, growth and ruin and the idea of existence while questioning our bodies, our purpose and our physical and mental limits.
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