“It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness” – Isamu Noguchi
A native Californian, Elizabeth Turk is an artist, known for marble sculpture and thru ET Projects, community art events. Currently, she splits time between a studio in Santa Ana, CA and NYC. She is a MacArthur Fellow, an Annalee & Barnett Newman Foundation recipient and a Smithsonian Artist Fellow among other awards. Turk received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994, her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, CA in 1983. She has been represented by Hirschl & Adler, Modern in NYC since 2000.
Turk’s practice, a more traditional object-making art work, is her meditation. Her marble sculptures search the boundaries of paradox: the contemporary in the traditional, the lightness in weight, the emptiness in mass, the fluidity of the solid, extended time in a moment. Her work defies gravity and make possible that which seems impossible. Inspired by the natural world, she references its myriad of elegant organic structures.
In 2018 she launched ET Projects (a CA non-profit) to develop participatory immersive art experiences. Remarkably, her art projects are drawn from concepts originating in stone gardens. Collaborating with communities, she presents the idea of simultaneous moving vantage points and the perspective of enlightenment being aerial, but accessible. This is realized by volunteers carrying umbrellas (colorful pixels) and filming with drones to create larger than life configurations. Her goal is to open the gateway to creative experiences for larger groups and in the end, inspire communities with the power of imagination to optimistically resolve challenges.