Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring / Summer 2020 Elizabeth Simonson

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Elizabeth Simonson

Minneapolis, MN
May 18 - June 12
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Elizabeth Simonson is a visual artist based in Minneapolis who creates pieces using everyday materials such as tape, wire, fishing line and beads, which explore patterns found in nature, algorithms, and imperfect systems. Receiving her MFA from Hunter College, Elizabeth originally moved to New York to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer with the Feld Ballet. Her familiarity with time-based, performative art forms has informed her exploration of sequentially based installations that often take weeks to construct and have at times been very temporal in their existence. Her work has been shown in public institutions that include the Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum, the Kohler Art Center, and Austin Museum of Fine Art, in addition to galleries in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York. Her work can be found in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

“I believe that abstraction as explored through systems and patterns is a powerful language. I am inspired by the challenge of building something with machine-like precision while knowing that the fallibility of the human condition and material will come into play, creating unpredictable and complex beauty.” 

  • Pour, 2016, 30 mm bugle bead and fishing line, 26 x 8 x 1.5 inches

  • Pile, 2016, 30 mm bugle bead and fishing line, 4 x 12 x 1.5 inches

  • Caught, 2019, 30 mm bugle bead, fishing line, seed beads and feathers, 8 x 8 inches round

  • Elizabeth Simonson

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