Elizabeth Jordan is an artist working primarily in sculpture. She was born in New Jersey and has lived in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida and New York. She attended Douglass College at Rutgers University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Tamarind School of Lithography and is a Master Printer.
Elizabeth Jordan's work uses numerous materials to produce unique and quirky organic forms. The inspiration for these works ranges from nature and animals, fairy tales and fables, to classic horror films. The artist carries on a private conversation with her materials in the studio. By appearing both powerful and vulnerable, her works are an allegory of the uncertainty and transitory nature of existence. Together they form a menagerie that recognizes how ephemeral and fragile life is. This is true for both those who threaten and those who are subject to threat. As a contemplation on nature's lack of sentimentality about life or death, they remind us of our own mortality. They are a visual record of the combination of obsessive processes with multiple materials, revealing the labor of working by hand and the ability of odd materials to inspire and alter meanings. Each is produced intuitively, and each has its own secrets. None can be slotted into a specific category, and all encourage contemplation. Through their ambiguous subjects, complex materials and intricate detail, these works pose a series of questions for each individual to consider.
The artist currently resides and has a studio in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. In early 2016, she participated in an exhibition at the Old School Museum of Art in Delray Beach, where her on-going work titled The Lives of Birds was installed. Selected exhibitions include: Current curated by Benjamin Sutton at Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn in 2014, Thaw curated by Jill Conner at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City in 2014, A Book About Death: A tribute to Ray Johnson and Emily Harvey at the Queens Museum in 2009, and The Return of the Cadaver Exquis at The Drawing Center in New York in 1989.
February 2 - 23, 2017 Phantom Forest