List of works
The Creation of the Vessell
The Vessell
Dark Heart
For Sophia...the Female ChristF
The Stations of the Cross
Living the Vulnerable Heart
Gaia gives birth
The birth of the universe
Gaia becomes the tree of heaven
Tree breathing
Swimming to turtle world
Becoming the boat
Hidden in the heart
Through the gate to apple world
Tree dreaming
Let me be Naked
Gone Fishing
Daedalus and Elizabeth
The Heart of the Matter
This is the Death of Cherubino
My Personal Triptych
Blessing Abound


The Creation of the Vessell, 1996

For Sophia...the Female Christ, 1995

The birth of the universe, 2000

The Stations of the Cross, 1996
Swimming to turtle world, 2000


Through the gate to apple world, 2000

The Vessell, 1996
Gone Fishing, 1992
Daedalus and Elizabeth, 1995

Becoming the boat, 2000

Liz Davidson was born in Montreal in 1949. She attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and graduated with first class honours in sculpture in 1971. By the time she graduated, she was already a veteran of several shows, including a solo show at O.C.A., and had given her first workshops in sculpture for the Etobicoke Board of Education.

She returned to Montreal for an M.A. in Sculpture at Concordia University in 1972. However, after completing all the courses for the degree, she became disenchanted with fine art as an academic discipline and moved to the Eastern townships to become a practicing artist.

After working through the post-modern idiom, she began to experiment with fibre. By 1984 she was showing her designs at the One of a Kind Christmas show in Toronto and Ottawa, where she won several awards, including the prestigious Loomis and Toles Award for Craftmanship in 1987 and 1988 and Innovation in 1989. In 1991 and 1992 she began to work in papier maché. She participated in three shows in New Brunswick and a show at the Shayne Gallery in Montreal.

The shooting of the 14 women students at Montreal's École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989 made a deep impression on Liz and by 1993 the change was evident in her work.It had become more personal and more inclusive. She began to write poetry, to explore the feelings of sorrow and powerlessness, the experience, she believed of many women. In 1993 , she took part in a three-women show at Arts Sutton, Through the Boundaries, in which she explored the armor that people wear to protect and defend themselves. This was a theme she returned to in shows in Atlanta, Georgia, and at shows at Bishop¹s University Artists¹ Center, featuring mixed media (1995) and silkscreen (1996). During this period, she also took part in the juried show Les Femmeuses at Pratt and Whitney in Montreal (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997), showing collages and silkscreen works, forerunners to her experiments with performance art. Two solo exhibitions in 1995 at the galerie port Maurice, in Montreal, In the Cave of My Heart I Found, and at Galerie Horace, in Sherbrooke, For Sophia...the Female Christ, continued this journey of exploration into human frailty. In 1996 she took part in a group show in Cowansville with two installations of gampi tissue sculptures/ mixed media.

Liz has sung in church choirs since she was in elementary school, so when she began to sing again in the Pot-Pourri Choir under the direction of John Purdy, that music began to play a role in her interpretation of the world around her. After Purdy¹s death, she wove together the poems she had written as The Road and music, and, with a small group of women colleagues from the choir, under the direction of Susan Reininger, produced a performance work with music, video, tableau vivant, poetry sculptures and installation. It was written to commemorate the young women murdered in the Montreal massacre. The name of this piece, The Singing of the Stones, comes from a Jewish tradition of placing small stones near a tombstone, which gave the ritual musical its name.

In 1997, in a show called Longing for meaning at the Galerie McClure in Montreal, 1998 and in 1999 at the Musée de Beaux Arts in Sherbrooke, she explored the emotional seat of pain in the human body through sculptures made of cast gampi tissue and collages. These luminous mouldings, intensely personal, reminiscent of funeral draperies or castings from a metamorphosis, evoked strong emotional reactions from many viewers. The shows also included college paintings, mixed media, and object trouvés in boxes.

Since then she has employed a variety of media in her work. After experimenting with bringing all these diverse elements together in The Singing of the Stones, she began working with video editing, incorporating music, sculpture and poetry. She is now exploring graphic design and also designing websites.

Artist's Statement
Like my life , my work takes on many shapes and turns. Itıs like a road that I wander down, and stop, and take a detour, rest a while,and start again. What seems to be my main concern is making meaning, bridging my inner and outer life, my dreams and consensual reality, the spaces between what we say or donıt say, our light, our shadow. To do this I use words, sound, sculpture, video, collage, silkscreen, computer - whatever, to help visually show our many layers of reality.