Making your way through the world as a human being requires constant reconsideration of your position in relation to your surroundings.
Fellow breathing specimens, objects, a space: they all exist in relation to you and vice versa. And it is in this relation, between perceiving and being perceived, between moving forward and looking back, between you and me, where we find the essence of being human. In her practice, Liza Wolters recognises and investigates the value of this liminal space.

She does this by consciously taking on the role of the artist-errant. While she roves, she observes and captures her surroundings in photographs, on video, and in words. Coincidental temporarities can appear as if they’re staged, as Liza looks for the balance between the recognizable aspects of a place or situation and their abstraction in her work. Nevertheless, these are very much real finds, interwoven with her own memories and associations.

These elements lay the foundation of her work: an ever-growing archive of images and text that unfolds in a constant arrangement and rearrangement of material. In exhibitions, publications, collaborations, and installations, materials from the archive are juxtaposed with observations recorded on location and in response to the situation. In these scenographic interventions,  individual fragments temporarily come together as a new momentum. The chosen titles in her work are based on conversations and slips of the tongue from herself and others.

Liza Wolters’ work can be seen as an ongoing process of arranging, analysing, and archiving—a fluid place of storage. A method to understand the world, to interrogate positions, and to explore other ways of seeing.
This in turn always gives rise to new dialogues with her surroundings, with fellow artists, with her public; with fellow humans. 

- Text by Rianne Zijderveld


b. 1992, currently living in Rotterdam

selected exhibitions

  • Launch project and one-off exhibition of ‘Orchestrating Coincidence’ icw Hilde Onis at NieuwCharlois, Rotterdam (NL)

  • Parkstad Limburg Prijs, exhibition (30.10.22 - 15.01.23) at SCHUNCK*, together with Floor Martens, Mickey Yang, Mike Moonen, Morena Bamberger, Quinn Zeljak, Vera Gulikers and William Ludwig Lutgens, Heerlen (NL)
  • Ornamenting the Home, a site-specific installation at A Shop Called LIFE, icw Katrein Breukers, 19.02 - 05.03, Rotterdam (NL)

  • Groupshow ‘Splintered Thoughts and Fragile Plots’ curated by Tiiu Meiner and Rawad Baaklini, during Noorderlicht International Photo Festival
  • Expo6 - videowork in window of Concordia, Enschede, 20-08 - 07.11
  • 24/7 window exhibition for the ‘Raamwerk Project’ of NEStudio’s, 03.09 - 01.11
  • open studio with Katrein Breukers during Art Rotterdam, 3&4 July, collaboration ‘Ornamenting the Home’ (preview)
  • ‘toevluchtsoord’, work period with Raquel Vermunt and others at the Hilton Art Lab in March

  • Solo exhibition ‘...AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE PUT A STONE IN MY MOUTH’ at Het Noordbrabants museum, 03.10 - 13.12.2020

  • Work period and exhibition ‘Try-Out’ at the graphic workplace in the Hague, together with Iliada Charalambous, Tobias Lengkeek, Roland Spitzer, Jason Terlouw, Mickey Yang and Lisa Blaauwbroek. Curated by Lisa Blaauwbroek
  • Event ’TENT op BEZOEK’ , initiated by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop from TENT
    Event ’TENT op BEZOEK’ , initiated by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop from TENT
    Event ’TENT op BEZOEK’ , initiated by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop from TENT

  • Artist’ talk at TENT, Part of the 'THUIS bij TENT' series, initiated by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop from TENT
  • Participant of Prospects & Concepts, Art Rotterdam at the Van Nelle fabriek

  • Duoshow ‘IT MIGHT BE GONE, IT MIGHT BECOME’ with Jasmijn Krol, Team Thursday HQ (Rotterdam, NL)
  • Groupshow ‘As Far As I Can Reach’, curated by Marilou Klapwijk, Quartair (The Hague, NL)
  • Solo exhibition ‘Knowing that it will change over time, Feeling that it will stay the same for now’, der Neue Galerie Landshut (Landshut, DE)
  • Solo exhibition NOW IS A DIFFERENT BACK THEN, museum SCHUNCK* (Heerlen, NL)

  • Solo exhibition NOW IS A DIFFERENT BACK THEN, museum SCHUNCK* (Heerlen, NL)
  • Solo exhibition ‘I’m trying to understand the universe, so it would be nice of you to give me some space’, de Spiegelzaal, Willem Twee Kunstruimte (’s- Hertogenbosch, NL)

  • Groupshow PERROQUET, Loods 12, Wetteren (BE), Group exhibition, curated by Hans Demeulenaere and Bas van den Hurk
•  Groupshow ‘KINDERGEBURTSTAG’, Paris (FR), curated by René Hausstein

  • Groupshop Best of Graduation 2014, Circa...Dit (Arnhem, NL)
  • Groupshow Best of Graduation 2014, DBK (Dordrecht, NL)
  • Graduation show AKV | St. Joost

  • Groupshow ‘Somewhere in Between’, Kunstpodium T (Tilburg, NL), ‘Apprentice / Master’ with Charlotte Dumas, Emily Huurdeman, Yasmin van der Rauwelaert and Charlotte van de Velde

residencies and work periods

  • Coming up! April-June 2024 NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, New York

    Events and presentations
    • Part of the peripheral program of TENT ‘At home at TENT’ and ‘TENT’ visiting’, an initiative by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop
    2017 / 2018
    • Several guest lectures at AKV | St. Joost (Breda and ’s- Hertogenbosch, NL)
    • Presentation book ‘All of these Images Are The Outcome Of Certain Observations’, Unseen Photo Book fair, represented by PhotoQ (Amsterdam, NL)
    • Event Young Publishing Night, PrintRoom, Rotterdam (NL), presentation dummy ‘All of these images are the outcome of certain observations’ Together with Maurice van Es, Roos van den Oetelaar and Renée Verberne
    • Presentation of the book ‘All of these images are the outcome of certain observations’ by Mondriaan Fonds, ‘Tables’, during ART Rotterdam & ART Brus

    grants and nominations 

    • 2022 Jaap Harten Fonds for catalogue ‘Orchestrating Coincidence’ icw Hilde Onis
    • 2022 Stichting Stokroos for catalogue ‘Orchestrating Coincidence’ icw Hilde Onis
    • PPR support, CBK Rotterdam
    • 2021 Corona bridging grant, Mondriaan Fund
    • 2021 Makersloket grant for ‘Ornamenting the Home’ icw Katrein Breukers
    • 2021 Makersloket grant for publication work period H(a)L icw Raquel Vermunt
    • 2021 Makersloket grant for audiowork ‘de kleine waanzin’ icw Dean Bowen
    • 2020 Research and Development Grant (O&O),
      CBK Rotterdam, for more info click here
    • 2017/2018 Stipendium for Emerging Artists, Mondriaan Fund
    • 2014 Graduation grant, residency period at St. Moritz Art Academy, St. Moritz (CH)
    • 2011 Nominee BLEND TALENT AWARD


    2013 – 2017 Core member of artists’ initiative Club Solo (Breda, NL)
    2016 - 2017 Producer Kunst&Werk AKV | St. Joost (Breda, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL)
    2013 – 2014 Organizer of Artist-in-residence Hoogtepunt, founded by Femke Dekkers (Breda, NL)


    2009 – 2014 Bachelor Fine Arts / AKV | St. Joost (Breda, NL)

    group exhibition at Quartair, June 2018
    curated by Marilou Klapwijk

    Liza Wolters' works in the group show AS FAR AS I CAN REACH bring three given elements together that are entirely unrelated at first glance: Quartair's physical space, Liza’s grandmother who's fallen down, and a recent conversation she had with an acquaintance. Through association, these three inputs – the space, the fall and the conversation – feed directly into a new series of works. Instead of reaching for something higher, she aims to concentrate on what is, for now.

    The titles of the works refer to the possibilities and impossibilities involved in this. Including all attempts, wishes, desires and expectations.

    Works in order of appearance:
    1 & 2. A Certain Someone told me that if I want to get things done, I need to start living like a Great Athlete. I decided not to (for now).
    facade flag, 150 x 100 cm
    3. Who’s Afraid of White, Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, and Red?
    Five pillars, of which two temporarily added ones,
    on the floor a hint to This is The Sky”, said The Limit
    4. a hint to This is The Sky”, said The Limit
    5. to Never do it again (Forever)
    Photograph printed on voile, 140 x 210 cm
    6. “This is The Sky”, said The Limit
    Photograph of the sky on that exact same place, a few days earlier, in reaction to the banister that was already present
    Photograph printed on aluminium, 120 x 200 cm