Liesl Schubel


Liesl Schubel was born in Ontario, Canada in 1990, and the memories and landscape of that place hold deep, sustaining importance in her life. Liesl moved twice while she was young, first to British countryside, then American, following her father’s job opportunities. Life in England brought her close to her British mother’s upbringing, as Canada had done for her father’s. Family stories, pastimes, and disputes remain a constant source of inspiration in her practice. As a queer identifying artist, Liesl is drawn primarily to mediums of dualistic, shifting, or unusual properties. Her main technical training lies in glass, but she has incorporated this training into a conceptual based, interdisciplinary practice. Liesl is a founding member of the art collective Flock the Optic, a group formed to explore the meeting place of glass, performance, installation, entertainment, and happening. Their work focuses on cyclical experience, audience interaction, and creating works with abundant creative energy. Liesl received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, majoring in Glass. She has since continued traveling, pursuing opportunities to expand her understanding of art and craft at institutions such as WheatonArts and Cultural Center in Millville, NJ, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA, Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI, and UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. Liesl currently lives in New York City maintaining a varied art practice, and works as a freelance maker.

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