“It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness” – Isamu Noguchi
A native Californian, Elizabeth Turk is an artist, known for marble sculpture and community installations. 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. In 2017 she launched ET Studios (a CA non-profit) to develop open community experiences. Turk’s marble work searches 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 intricately carved sculptures defy gravity and make possible that which seems impossible. Inspired by the natural world, she references its myriad of elegant organic structures, yet her work is not complete until abandoned to larger environments. Her moving experiences are drawn from concepts developed in her sketchbooks over many years. They too, are inspired by nature yet rely on audience participation to stimulate works of collective memories, reminding us of civic grace and joy.