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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

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Elizabeth Thomson

b. 1955, New Zealand

Elizabeth Thomson’s elegantly refined works redefine the way we view and consider the inherent beauty of the world around us. All aspects of her practice are meticulous and the technical virtuosity she employs to create the effects of optical illusion are simply breath-taking. Using an intense observation of nature as her starting point, Thomson convincingly recreates botanical, entomological or molecular forms that she then incorporates into surprisingly abstract geometric compositions.

In the Aviatrix series, oil painted bronze leaves of New Zealand native flora are arranged in exaggerated linear perspective; a ‘leaf’ becomes a ‘tree’ as the artist evokes aerial views of olive groves or elaborate formal European garden designs. Elizabeth’s innovative use of often unexpected combinations of materials include moulded and engraved fibreglass, glass bead embedded in resin and elaborate hand-formed glass elements. Although her primary reference is always the natural world, her reinterpretation and recontexualizing of these fundamental forms often results in an edgy sci-fi twist.

In 2006 Elizabeth’s contribution to New Zealand art was acknowledged and celebrated with a major 20 year survey exhibition curated by Gregory O’Brien for City Art Gallery, Wellington: Elizabeth Thomson: My Hi-Fi, My Sci- Fi. This extensive exhibition toured five public venues throughout New Zealand and was accompanied by a 50 page catalogue publication.

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Featured Artworks

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Freedom and Structure–Light and waves II by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonFreedom and Structure–Light and waves II, 2017 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, cast vinyl film and lacquer on contoured wood panel
75.5 x 75.5 x 4 cm
Two Rooms
White Coda by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonWhite Coda, 2016 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, acrylic, cast vinyl film and lacquer on panel
140 x 140 x 5 cm
Two Rooms
Laguna Miscanti by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonLaguna Miscanti, 2018 cast vinyl film, lacquer on contoured and shaped wood panel
140 x 140 x 5 cm
Two Rooms
Tatio XXI, Valle de la Luna by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonTatio XXI, Valle de la Luna, 2018 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, cast vinyl film and lacquer on contoured wood panel
75 x 122 x 4 cm
Two Rooms
Tatio XXII, Valle de la Luna by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonTatio XXII, Valle de la Luna, 2018 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, cast vinyl film and lacquer on contoured wood panel
75 x 122 x 4 cm
Two Rooms
Tatio XX by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonTatio XX, 2018 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, cast vinyl film and lacquer on contoured wood panel
75 x 122 x 4 cm
Two Rooms
Tatio XXIII, Waiotapu by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonTatio XXIII, Waiotapu, 2018 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, cast vinyl film and lacquer on contoured wood panel
75 x 122 x 4 cm
Two Rooms
Hanene by Elizabeth Thomson contemporary artwork Elizabeth ThomsonHanene, 2016 glass spheres, optically clear epoxy resin, acrylic, and cast vinyl film
112 x 177 x 5 cm
Two Rooms

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Elizabeth Thomson, White Coda Blue Coda at Two Rooms, Auckland
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16 March–21 April 2018 Elizabeth Thomson White Coda Blue Coda Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Elizabeth Thomson, Invitation to openness at Two Rooms, Auckland
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14 July–12 August 2017 Elizabeth Thomson Invitation to openness Two Rooms, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Elizabeth Thomson, Subliminal at Two Rooms, Auckland
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19 August–17 September 2016 Elizabeth Thomson Subliminal Two Rooms, Auckland

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