Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

Thank you! December 7, 2011

14 shows. 15 artists. Over 220 works of art. 2 1/2 years. Thank you, Sightline Institute, for a wonderful opportunity to combine three of my passions: art, sustainability, and community. Thank you to all of the artists who showed their amazing work. And thank you to all of you viewers and readers who have expressed appreciation about that work. It’s been a fabulous experience. Stay tuned to see how this Art & Sustainability website evolves.

Becky Brooks
Volunteer Curator for the “Art & Sustainability” series of art shows at Sightline Institute


Photos from Liz Ruest’s show at Sightline January 3, 2011

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Liz Ruest’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


“Rusted” 24″ x 16″ digital collage by Liz Ruest


Liz Ruest’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


“Dry” 10.7″ x 16″ digital collage by Liz Ruest


Liz Ruest at Sightline


To see more of the work from this show or to order prints, see her website.


“Growth” by Liz Ruest November 7, 2010

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"Misted" 10.7" x 16" digital collage by Liz Ruest

We are pleased to announce “Growth” as our ninth art show in the “Art and Sustainability” series at Sightline Institute in downtown Seattle. Sixteen digital collages by Liz Ruest are now on view through the end of December.

For her own growth as an artist, Liz explores a new theme and/or medium every year. This year her work has been a combination of photography, scans, and collage effects using all-digital manipulation to create unique works of art about trees. The results are at once recognizable yet mysterious as she focuses on various aspects of trees from the region as well as abroad. Liz, who also does printmaking and encaustic artwork, writes about her current body of digital work:

I used photographs to build up colorful textures and then used those colors as my palette. I found that using the trees as the layer in between the textures produced a print-like quality, varying from batik to linocut, that still appeals to my printmaking self.

I’ve been contemplating history: where we come from and how we got here. I am fascinated by contrasts: detail against simplicity, or timelessness in nature versus artifacts showing the effects of time passing. I try for a sense of age in my work, but am of course making a new piece each time, another opposing set of forces.

Liz has lived in the temperate Pacific Northwest for 23 years, but she grew up in Ontario, Canada, a land of Great Lakes, birch trees, and an abundance of snow. Her computer science degree from the University of Waterloo has been balanced with a variety of art classes, both in college and at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Liz’s art reflects this background of contrasts in surprising ways. Come see for yourself!

Currently residing in Bellevue with her husband and 12-year old son, Liz splits her time between her studio in the Central District of Seattle and artEAST, Issaquah’s non-profit arts organization, where her computer expertise and other skills are much appreciated. You can see her encaustic work at UP Front [art] in downtown Issaquah. Read more about her art and process on her blog.

To view Liz’s digital art at Sightline during November and December, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays. All works are available for purchase. They also can be purchased in other size prints: on canvas, matted and framed, or as greeting cards. Contact Liz directly at info (at) lizruest (dot) com with sales inquiries.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Liz’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.