Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Groth.
Elizabeth, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I began studying art at a local junior college while in high school. Up to that point, I had only been homeschooled, so in a lot of ways, my first exposure to the “real world”, was the art world. I loved the way one could make sense of everything around them through ideas and making. In the middle of earning my BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Tyler, I went to Spain to study art history and completed an artist residency in Sefrou, Morocco. In my travels and studies, I learned acceptance, exchange, and extolance of culture. Upon graduating, I went back over the Atlantic to focus my efforts through a second artist residency in Madrid. I stayed for two years, had three solo shows, a group exhibition and gave several university talks. I currently live in Tucson, Arizona and continue to effort towards growth and evolvement in my work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The past several years I have been fixated on site-specific installation – particularly constructing these “clouds,” as some call them. I support with fishing line only two materials: hot glue and plastic sheet(bath curtain, drop cloth, trash bags, etc.). I am concentrated on the process, rather than the final outcome. The development is a lot of intuitive decision-making.
I believe the quality of my life drops significantly without art-making. It is a way for me to speak about things I find important. It is vital for one to speak out the truth of their existence, which we can think of as collected experiences. With my work, I have been questioning the way we think about femininity and how we can expand the idea in new directions. Rather than spoon-feeding my intent, I tend to gently nod the viewer to connect the dots.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Every individual will have their own struggles on their journey, but one thing I recommend to those still in undergrad or graduate school is to take an entrepreneur or business class. I wish more BFA degree plans implemented the business side of being a working artist. It can be challenging to balance a focus on art-making while figuring out the admin and business side. Progress adds up over time by taking every step in stride!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I currently work out of my studio in Tucson, Arizona. Although I am not publically on view at the moment, my website is current with all recent endeavors. Feel free to browse on your own time at www.elizabethgroth.com.
- Website: www.elizabethgroth.com
- Instagram: ea.g