SCHUNCK Liza Wolters PLP 2022

Meet: Liza Wolters

Liza Wolters (30) is one of the nominees for the Parkstad Limburg Prize. She is a visual artist, in the broadest sense of the word.  

Liza Wolters photographs, writes, works with textiles, makes videos and installations. Amongst others. What characterises her associative work is her feeling for structures, connection and order. She gives meaning to seemingly fleeting subjects.

Liza's roots are in Landgraaf, she was born there and grew up there. When she was 16, she moved to Breda, where she started studying Fine Arts at the AKV|St. Joost art academy at an early age. She now lives in Rotterdam, but she still has, or rather, finally, a warm connection with Limburg. "When I was young, I didn't really feel at home in Limburg; I was a stranger in the bunch. But it is where I come from, not only as a person, but also in terms of work. When I was nine years old, I started taking photographs with a borrowed analogue camera, which I carried with me constantly. I was mainly photographing people; this was one of the first ways I sought connection in a place where I lacked it. That search is still a theme in my work.

Asked why she thinks Parkstad is a hotbed of talent, she replies thoughtfully. "There are a lot of interesting artists in and from this region, that's striking. Maybe because there is a certain concentration, where you are and work in a different cocoon than in a larger urban environment with more noise. There is a different kind of pace. I am convinced that your environment has a huge influence on your work as an artist - you can see that here as well." She also notes that Limburg is often looked at with a certain eye, as a non-EU country. "In that respect, I think Limburg still has an underdog position, in several areas. As far as the art sector is concerned, I also have the feeling that there is a different tendency in visibility and presentation of work compared to, for example, the Randstad."

Liza has exhibited at SCHUNCK before, in late 2017 she had her first solo exhibition there. Now, five years later, she is part of the Parkstad Limburg Prize exhibition. What can we expect from it? "It will be an installation in the stairwell. I always work in a site-specific manner; I will therefore certainly include the fact that a stairwell is in fact a 'necessary' area between A and B in the work as a whole. I'm also going to incorporate the route, both via the lift and the stairs," she reveals. "It will be a kind of time capsule, in which going up and down - and vice versa - can be seen as both beginning and end."

You can visit the exhibition of the Parkstad Limburg Prize nominees from 30 October.