M’Liz Keefe

Scorched Earth

and Re-mapping Islands

JULY 28 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2023

Keefe’s work throughout the years is about shifting, movement and instability by external pressures forcing displacement and relocation, creating a sense of lostness or no-where-ness.

At once, her work references both an internal (soul) and external(body) journey in the wake of calamity and destruction. Her paintings and drawings depict a place in time— moments lived between past and future.

Within these works, Keefe references “Scorched Earth”: the ancient practice of destroying the enemy’s village, where buildings, food supply, water sources, and energy supply are decimated. There is nothing left to go back to. There is only moving away from one’s “home.” Within this journey, one sets out by land and water, acknowledging that once cast out from everything known, there is the present moment which becomes a profound struggle for faith and endurance to survive.

Much of the work in the exhibit also translates presently as global detachment and disinterest of forced mass migration by political unrest, economic poverty, and profound changes in our global collective climates. Keefe’s drawing series of Re-mapping Islands, imagines these visual displacements of a forced liberation by expulsion, creating by proxy, a way forward. But where is it they will go?

The journey is imperative to take. If it is not taken, there may/will be no internal peace, as the wanderer finds their way back to something meaningful, between the descending darkness, and ascendance of light.

Keefe says about her work:
“In my studio I try to paint the terrible beauty of nature with a sense of eternal hope of the human spirit.”

“In my studio I try to paint the terrible beauty of nature with a sense of eternal hope of the human spirit.”

M’Liz Keefe

M’Liz Keefe: Scorched Earth

M’Liz Keefe: Scorched Earth

M’Liz Keefe: Scorched Earth

Left & right: Stellar Preoccupation #1, 2, 3, 4
Centre: Moon by Absence

Left: Green Sun, Grey Sun, Red Sun
Right: Zone of Silence

Left: Between Heaven and Earth, move the Sun and the Moon
Right: Huw Morgan

Green Sun, Grey Sun, Red Sun

Re-mapping Islands

Re-mapping Islands

Featured Works

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