We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Weibler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
The expression “Try, try again” has always resonated with me. Any artistic pursuit involves a life of learning and experimentation. When I am willing to test out new ideas, they often open even more avenues of expression. Playing with different techniques, tools, materials, or subject matter, involves much trial and error until my vision can be realized. Taking those risks can produce wonderfully unexpected results that I may not have found without numerous attempts. Similar to “Happy accident”, there is a freedom in not holding on too tightly to expectations of the outcome, and it certainly makes the process and discoveries more exciting. I like to “try, try again”, as much as possible.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist. I have worked for professional theater companies from California to New York as a costume tailor, and have utilized some of those skills in my artwork. My colleagues in theater have been supportive and instrumental in my success. The hardest challenges I face are in managing the business side of making art. Sitting still is difficult for me, and I prefer being in the studio, trying new things.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many ways to fill a day here in the Sonoran desert. Some highlights I always love to show off are the natural beauty that encompasses Tucson, which include Sabino Canyon, Gates Pass, and the Saguaro National Park. The Desert Museum and The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun are both a great way to learn about the area. Downtown I would take them to The Tucson Museum of Art, Hotel Congress, The Mercado San Augustine, and Che’s Lounge, which has showcased local artists since they opened their doors in 2000.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Miami Art Works, in Miami Arizona, is where I found my direction as an artist. The other artist in residence at the time, Ken Boe, likes to say, “It’s all an experiment”, an idea I was happy to adopt. Living at Miami Art Works was the first step in taking myself seriously as an artist. There I was able to set aside other priorities and focus on growing and living as an artist.
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