Liesl Schubel was born in Ontario, Canada in 1990, and the memories and landscape of that place hold deep, sustaining importance in her life. This is namely due to the family cottage, a rural refuge in the Kawartha lake district that draws and refreshes her each summer.
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 has incorporated this training into a conceptual based practice.
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, and Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Liesl currently lives in New York City maintaining a varied art practice, and works as the Education Coordinator at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn.
Liesl is also a member of the art collective Flock the Optic, a performance, mixed media, and sound group focused on creating constant, irresistable output inspired by all things cyclical.