Liz Carter

Liz Carter


Visually expressing herself has been a lifelong commentary for Liz Carter. Drawing and painting came first, followed by an introduction to many different art forms and mediums. Not being able to settle with one medium Carter creates work using an array of mixed media.

Liz Carter is a person of First Nations ancestry who has experienced cultural displacement; this has had profound affect upon Carter's work as an artist. Carter says, "It is a life riddle" that has taken her upon a biographical journey full of unanswered questions about displacement and loss of tradition. Carter's search has uncovered a realm of commercial images of the 'Imaginary Indian' that profoundly impacts our perception. It has also revealed the determined struggle of Kwakwaka'wakw culture to carry forward ancient symbols and meanings into a contemporary life.

Carter's journey through the labyrinth of mixed meanings embedded within her Native ancestry and her blue-collared upbringing is driven by process. She uses culturally significant materials like wood, copper, buttons, and animal skins in new ways- with hints from the past and questions about how cultures are interpreted.

Originally from Alert Bay, Carter currently resides with her family in Campbell River. She has received numerous awards including the VADA, (visual arts development award) A First Peoples, Heritage, Language and Cultural Award, BC Arts Council Award, Canadian Art Council Travel grant. The Canadian Art Bank in Ottawa purchased Carter’s work, and she was awarded a commission of a permanent piece for the 2010 Olympics.  More recently Carter was awarded the Idea Award and a piece of her work will be included in the Vancouver General/ UBC Hospital’s collection. 

9th ave
Campbell River , British Columbia
50° 1' 59.2428" N, 125° 16' 24.006" W
British Columbia CA