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Elizabeth Duffy
updated: 11/01/2013
website: elizabethduffy.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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detail of Westbeth: North Light: Wrinkled Envelope Drawing over wallpaper
Westbeth: North Light; Security Envelope Installation
Overlander, an installation with security envelopes
Security Envelope Embroidery
Overlander, interior view
Security Envelope Installation
Enfold, Security Envelope Installation
Envelop [verb; trans.], detail of installation
Envelop [verb; trans.]
Security Envelope Drapes: a site specific installation for the Drawing Center
Security Envelope Curtains: a site specific installation for the Drawing Center
Data Protection Patterning Lounge Chair
Security Envelope Cowboy Shirt
Elevator
Elevator
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, consumer culture, domestic, biomorphic, mapping, technology, site-specific, repetition, process
 
 
detail of Westbeth: North Light: Wrinkled Envelope Drawing over wallpaper by Elizabeth Duffy
detail of Westbeth: North Light: Wrinkled Envelope Drawing over wallpaper
pencil on paper over laminate
2013
Dimensions variable
Westbeth: North Light; Security Envelope Installation by Elizabeth Duffy
Westbeth: North Light; Security Envelope Installation
mixed media using patterns from security envelopes received in the mail
2013
110 96 " x  204 110 " 
Overlander, an installation with security envelopes by Elizabeth Duffy
Overlander, an installation with security envelopes
refurbished carriage, wallpaper & objects, all covered with security envelope patterns
2012
Dimensions variable
Security Envelope Embroidery by Elizabeth Duffy
Security Envelope Embroidery
Embroidery Floss on Belgian Linen
2010
10 " x  8 " 
Overlander, interior view by Elizabeth Duffy
Overlander, interior view
carriage refurbished with security envelope patterns
2012
90" x  72"  x 110" 
Security Envelope Installation by Elizabeth Duffy
Security Envelope Installation
Mixed Media
2011
Dimensions variable
Enfold, Security Envelope Installation by Elizabeth Duffy
Enfold, Security Envelope Installation
Installation using the patterns from a security envelope received in the mail
2012
96 " x  110 "  x 48 " 
Envelop [verb; trans.], detail of installation by Elizabeth Duffy
Envelop [verb; trans.], detail of installation
mixed media using patterns from security envelopes received in the mail
2012
Dimensions variable
Envelop [verb; trans.] by Elizabeth Duffy
Envelop [verb; trans.]
Mixed media using security envelopes
2012
92 " x  92 "  x 60 " 
Security Envelope Drapes: a site specific installation for the Drawing Center  by Elizabeth Duffy
Security Envelope Drapes: a site specific installation for the Drawing Center
printed fabric from Security Envelope Patterns
2010
120 78 " x  84 64 " 
Security Envelope Curtains: a site specific installation for the Drawing Center  by Elizabeth Duffy
Security Envelope Curtains: a site specific installation for the Drawing Center
Printed fabric from Security Envelope Pattern
2010
120 " x  84 " 
Data Protection Patterning Lounge Chair by Elizabeth Duffy
Data Protection Patterning Lounge Chair
Printed fabric from Security Envelope Pattern upholstered over chair
2009
38 " x  36 "  x 58 " 
Security Envelope Cowboy Shirt by Elizabeth Duffy
Security Envelope Cowboy Shirt
Cotton Printed with Security Envelope Patterns
2010
Dimensions variable
Elevator by Elizabeth Duffy
Elevator
Security Envelopes, monofilament
2010
204 " x  132 "  x 84 " 
Elevator by Elizabeth Duffy
Elevator
Security Envelopes, monofilament
2010
204 " x  132 "  x 84 " 

Artist Statement

My current body of work investigates perceived ideals about security and comfortable living and its attendant risks. I create installations using objects covered with patterns from the inside of security envelopes from bills and credit card offers I receive in the mail-- so-called Data Protection Patterning.  The purpose of these patterns is to keep us secure; in turning them outward their role becomes subverted. These installations include upholstered furniture, wallpaper, curtains, clothing, embroideries, as well as drawings and objects. The installations are arranged to evoke the domestic house museums I once imagined as home or the alienation of furniture showrooms. They are informed by pattern and decoration artists and movements such as Wiener Werkstätte, The Omega Workshops, Sonia Delaunay and Whistler’s Peacock Room.  These artists and movements sought to create a gesamtkunstwerk, a work that embraces many art forms at once.  In these works I employ drawing, sculpture, installation, craft, digital media and performance to create an immersive experience that blurs the space between present, past and future; between reality, nostalgia and desire. 

I am interested in using physical mail as a material because it is so quickly becoming obsolete; it has become akin to a cultural artifact. Its profusion through mass mailings yet rapid disappearance in the digital age is indicative of the exponential changes that pervade our culture. Offers of credit and low interest loans have provided us an illusory material wealth and what we discard and consume have become topical issues in this increasingly digitized moment in history.  For these reasons, these throwaway envelopes are compelling for both their symbolic cultural resonance and impending obsolescence.  They embody the uncertain prospect of security that the objects they cover hope to provide.


 

Artist Bio / CV

Elizabeth Duffy has exhibited work at the Drawing Center, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, White Columns, Dartmouth College's Strauss Gallery, Pentimenti Gallery, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Nikolai Fine Art, Holland Tunnel Gallery, Wave Hill, The Islip Museum, raw & co. Gallery, Hunter College Leubsdorf Gallery and Muriel Guépin Gallery. She has held residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale and is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her recent Artist’s book: Enclosure/Exposure, was published by Purgatory Pie Press and presented by Printed Matter. She received her MFA from CUNY Brooklyn College and studied art at the New York Studio, Hunter College and Rutgers College.

In 2005 Elizabeth began a collaboration with Brian Miller and established the Loku Press. Together they have published artists’ books and have exhibited their ongoing project “A Series of Minor Miracles.”

Elizabeth's work is in the collections of Deutsche Bank, Fidelity Investments, the Heard Museum, Dartmouth College Rauner Special Collections Library, and in numerous private collections. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Art News, Art on Paper, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice, and many other publications.