My mixed media installations and works on paper recontextualize simplified shapes, signs and symbols from disparate historical and contemporary imagery to create abstract fictions. Existing forms from a multitude of sources are co-opted, altered, and spliced to adopt hybrid identities. Through the process of appropriation and subsequent recombination, shapes lose their real-world connotations and take on fictitious roles. Forged relationships between benign and malignant forms confuse the original implications of each while revealing the precariousness of perception and how easily it can be tampered with. Recent projects pit Baroque and Gothic pattern and ornament against forms derived from armor and weaponry. Seemingly oppositional pairings create duplicitous environments where conflicting messages are conveyed. The use of paper, felt, foam, and other tactile materials further complicates questions of source, masking the identity of forms while allowing them to inhabit both sculptural and two-dimensional space. I have exhibited my work nationally and internationally. One-person exhibitions include venues such as Redux Contemporary Art Center (Charleston, SC); 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA); David B. Smith Gallery (Denver); The MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Mercer Union (Toronto). My awards include a 2013 McKnight Professional Development Grant from Forecast Public Art; a 2011-12 McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant; a 2007-08 MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowship; and Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2007/2009/2012, and 2014. I live and work in Good Thunder, Minnesota, and am Professor of Installation and Drawing at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Liz's ArtPrize Entries
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Liz's Past Work
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