Liz Toohey-Wiese is a settler artist residing on the homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is a graduate from the MFA program at NSCAD University. She completed her undergraduate degree in painting at Emily Carr University, also undertaking coursework at the University of Victoria and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. She has taken part in solo and group shows across Canada, and recently was the artist in residence at the Sointula Art Shed (2019), the Caetani Cultural Center (2020/21), and Island Mountain Arts (2021). Deeply interested in the history of landscape painting, her paintings explore contemporary relationships between identity and place. Her most recent work explores the complicated topic of wildfires and their connections to tourism, economy, grief, and renewal.
While at the Caetani Center for May 2022, Liz is editing the second edition of her artist book “Fire Season”. “Fire Season” gathers a diverse community to use visual art, poetry, writing, and essays to look at wildfires as a container for more complex and experiential topics; grief, climate change, loss, new growth, renewal, changing ideas of landscape, resilience, economy, and resource extraction to name a few.