Lizz McDonough: A Little Nonsense Now & Then


The Handwerker’s Playhouse, Laurie Clotworthy, and Lizz Hayman are excited to announce a solo art exhibition: Lizz McDonough: A Little Nonsense Now & Then.

A Little Nonsense Now & Then will run for one night only on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 6-8 pm.

The show and reception will be held at the Handwerker’s Playhouse, located at 865 North Thomas Street.


A Little Nonsense Now & Then will feature several works on recycled cardboard boxes. The irregular canvas of a cardboard box complements the painted, cartoon world that Lizz McDonough creates.  She uses a visual language that invites viewers into her constructed worlds that are whimsical, yet familiar.

The environments McDonough creates are inspired by the visual information she encounters everyday.  McDonough says she translates “this file of mental stock images into a painted, cartoon language [that] allows [her] to exaggerate personal characteristics and bring the objects to life.”  Filled with crooked buildings and distorted perspective, her painted environments become characters themselves.

Born in Auburn, Alabama, Lizz McDonough is a senior B.A. candidate in Studio Arts at Rhodes College, where she received the Rhodes Fine Art Fellowship.  McDonough has been featured in a number of group exhibitions, including the 2010 Juried Student Exhibition at Rhodes College, the 2010 Ateliers with the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, and the 2011 Half-Way: 2nd Year Painting & Printmaking with the Glasgow School of Art, where she studied painting and printmaking.  A Little Nonsense Now & Then is McDonough’s first solo exhibition.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Center for Outreach and Development of the Arts at Rhodes College.



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