The book, in all its formats and contexts, is central to Liisa's work. They are cut up, covered up, appropriated from and its materials re-contextualized. To her, they are the object of all objects. She is fascinated with all things old, yellowed and worn; they encompass history and are visual evidence of the passing of time and life that has been lived. She is compelled to save old books from being discarded or forgotten. She works within the constraint of the source material, re-contextualizing them into new manifestations of the book, as well as other assembled images.
Made in editions usually around the number of fifty, the results are meticulously executed little book objects that one can touch, read, flip through, smell, and carry with them.
Liisa grew up in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, where she began making zines at the age of fifteen, in 1995. To date she has completed twenty-five self published works, in the aesthetics of photocopied cut and paste to more sophisticated chapbooks containing various types of creative writing and artwork.
After discovering photography at an alternative high school in Toronto, she moved there to study Photography at Ryerson University. In 2004 she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts and continues to live and work in Toronto.
Liisa has primarily exhibited in self-directed exhibitions, as well as in group shows consisting of her past collaborative work produced with Trip Print Press, a Toronto letterpress printing office. In 2009, she curated a zine exhibit in the studio of Trip Print Press, entitled, Collections on Parade: Youth Decay. It consisted of a giant collaged wall of her zine collection from the 1990s to early 2000s.
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