A sense of timelessness and nostalgia is the foundation of my artwork.
I create photomontages to reveal strange new worlds; worlds which weave the past through the present and into a new future. I am fascinated with aspects of time, reality, collective memory, love and loss, and it is these themes which quite often settle themselves into my work.
The process of creating photomontages is long, glorious, and extremely rewarding. I have spent upwards of 40 hours creating a single image, crafting and perfecting every pixel to tedious detail.
As a professional photographer, I have thousands of stock photographs I have been collecting from all over the world for over 15 years. I use these stock photographs (which I lovingly refer to as 'firewood') in the photomontages in the form of backgrounds, details and texture. What is not captured with my camera are the antique photographic images themselves - which are from my private collection. The people represented in the scenes I present never actually existed in the way which they are shown, they are my creations. A head from this woman, a hand from that, a torso from this gentleman, a hat from that. This further allows me to play with the concept of time and memory by creating people who never existed and placing them into a dream-like time and space.
Liz Huston of Venice, California, taught herself the craft of photography more than 17 years ago. She has been a professional photographer nearly as long, shooting commercially as well as in the fine art world. She has published three books, and is now looking to her fourth.
Always seeking new ways to express her dreamy inner landscape, Liz tried her hand at digital assemblage, or photomontage, and instantly fell in love. Over the last 3 years she has refined her vision and skills with this emerging digital platform.
She regularly exhibits this work in Los Angeles and around the country. It is with photomontage where Liz truly excels; crafting her personal vision into fantastical new scenes using the nostalgia of antique images as a spring-board.