BFA, 2005, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; MFA, 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Exhibitions: Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL; Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago, IL; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Publications: Time Out Chicago, Third Object, Locus Magazine, Baltimore City Paper. Awards: Kohler Arts and Residency in Foundry, Seboygan, WI; Artist in Residence, Latitude, Chicago; Hot Metal Artist in Residence, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; Fellowship Resident, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY; The Gelman Travel Fellowship, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, New York, NY, DCASE Individual Artist Grant, Chicago, IL.

Personal Statement

Liz Ensz was born in Minnesota to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers, and curators of cast-offs. Situated in the contemporary American sublime, her work presents a comparative study of the mass-cultural investment in disposability, and the human desire to imagine permanence through emblems, monuments, and commemoration. While disparate intentions inform these impulses—one to remember, and the other to quickly forget—each will materially describe our society to future generations. At the heart of her practice lies a determined material engagement, scavenger impulse, and a sincere hope for the rethinking of disposability and permanence in regards to the valuation of resources, the environment, and living things.


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