Elize de Beer
I am a full time practising artist from South Africa, currently based in Cork, Ireland. I graduated from The Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2015 with my BAFA majoring in printmaking and art history. The following year I graduated with my honours in Curatorial Studies in 2016, also from Michaelis. Since then I have been working within various creative industries such as galleries, bookstores, printmaking studios, binderies and framing studios. Over the years I have also taken part in various printmaking, bookbinding and book restoration internships to further my practical knowledge of bookbinding. During my studies and in my current artist practice, books and artist books have been one of the main sources of inspiration for my work. My love and appreciation for books and my artistic visual language are strongly attributed to my dyslexia, developed from how my relationship with books and written language words is slightly different from a neurotypical reader. I have always been fascinated by a book’s objectivity and a written language’s visual capabilities, how they act as carriers of knowledge and meaning. Through my work I continue to explore those relationships in the form of printmaking and book arts; further developing and expanding those concepts of words, knowledge, books and the craft of bookbinding. Alongside my artistic practice, I am also a collaborative bookbinder and owner of Bookward Bound Bindery. I work with various creatives, authors and artists to create one-off and short-run publications using traditional bookbinding techniques within a contemporary framework. As a way to add a new perspective to the creative discourse within South Africa and the contemporary creative world, myself and co-founder/co-host Amé Bell, founded the Chopped Liver Appreciation Society and the Chopped Liver Podcast. A platform supporting creatives and innovators following unconventional career paths in various creative industries.