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Elizabeth Thorp
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Faculty Sponsor: Aristotle Georgiades

mixed media
Each roughly 3 x 4 x 6 ft

Artist Statement

Artifice is the artist's only essential skill. My work questions our relationship to the unseen side of built environments. Wood poses as plastic, plastic as paper, and cardboard as clay. Materials can provide misleading as well as accurate evidence. My work is full of impersonators-plastic bearings play at being furniture, hand-painted wood mimics a manufactured device. These amalgamations of old, new, found, fabricated, abandoned, rescued, irrelevant, and essential ask how we use, recognize, and become attached to things.