“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. Her community projects are drawn from concepts outlined in her sketchbooks over many years. They too, are inspired by nature yet rely on audience participation to create new ways of sharing imagination and developing collective memories. The goal is to offer an artistic platform upon which we discover new forms of civic participation, joy and grace.