Elisabeth is an early-career artist from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. Her work has been exhibited at a number of significant institutions, including the Dowse Art Museum in Te Awakairangi, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi. Elisabeth has a new exhibition coming up with Christopher Ulutupu at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua in November.Read More
Elisabeth is known for her aerial banners, lightboxes, and large inflatable works, most recently working with Tiffany & Co. for the Auckland Art Fair Projects on a large inflatable text work titled WHOEVER.
Language, accessibility, visibility, and representation are a continued interest in Elisabeth's practice, drawing on her experiences in the workplace and in the art world. She riffs on advertising devices — banners, blimps, signage, and flailing tube men. The phrases she favours — 'BIG DEAL.', 'SPECTACULAR.', 'WAY TO GO.' — are the effusive language of sales floors and workplace affirmations. The full stop is often employed by Elisabeth to complete the titles of her works – indicating the end of a conversation, the beginning of a new thought or a space to breathe.
An important element of Elisabeth's practice is institutional critique. She responds to the failings or limitations of galleries, gallerists, and curators in ways pointed and subtle. As a queer woman of colour, she recognises that artists like her are still shown relatively infrequently by public institutions, and are constantly at risk of being side-lined or tokenised. Elisabeth creates works that are bold and outlandishly grand, seizing opportunities to occupy the most space that she can, and pushing the limits of what an early-career artist can achieve.
Elisabeth has a large inflatable work, BIG WIN., in our current exhibition, THE BIG THREE, and we are looking forward to working with Elisabeth and the team at Yu Mei on a collaborative project for TENT in the Yu Mei lounge in Newmarket in November. TENT is a new Art Weekend taking place throughout Aotearoa and online and presented by the team who deliver the Aotearoa Art Fair.
Text courtesy Jhana Millers.