Elize de Beer graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine art in Cape Town in 2015 with a BAFA Majoring in printmaking. The following year in 2016 she graduated with an Honours in curatorship. Since then, de Beer has been working within the creative industry in galleries and currently in a framing studio. Over the years she has taken part in various printmaking, bookbinding and book restoration internships to further her practical knowledge.
During my studies and in my current artist practice, books and artist-books have been one of the main sources of inspiration for my work. This is rooted in the fact that I am dyslexic and my relationship with books and words is slightly different to that of the average reader. I have always been fascinated by a book’s objectivity, how they act as carriers of knowledge and by words as imagery rather than carriers of meaning; as I could often not access the coded meaning within words. The abstraction of written language that I experience grew my interest in abstraction as a means of image-making. A part of my practice has become very process-driven and allowing abstract forms to instinctually take place. Through my work I continue to explore these relationships in the form of printmaking and book arts; further
developing and expanding those concepts of words, knowledge, abstraction and books.