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Liz Stringer uses drawing, installation and sculpture to explore how biopolitics take on new meaning through feminist poetic fiction. 

 

Her work is grounded in the articulation of narrative boundaries that are both physical and metaphysical; a complex relationship between embodiment, science, technology, nature, and culture. Fiction becomes a landscape to traverse through, a collapsing of micro and macro realms–where the aesthetics of science are renegotiated to create non-hierarchical narratives subverting operations of power within topics ranging from abortion, disease, consciousness, labor, death, and ‘objective’ research. Stringer examines how biopolitics produce both overt and covert themes shaping cognitive associations, daily practices, and vectors of power; highlighting points within this web of narratives to offer a stage of interrogation and playful projection.

 

Amplifying moments of body horror, existentialism, and the grotesque within the work Stringer aims to mediate the complete and inescapable dependence upon the body, its pain and pleasures, and the anxiety over its vulnerability. The imaginary world of fiction pervades into a static reality transforming, exploding, and rearticulating form.
 

Biology is not the body, it is a discourse, a story we tell ourselves. The imposed intimacy between chemicals and the body is an interesting metaphor for human embodiment, bodily change over time, and the subtle violence of cultural change on a body at the personal or societal level.

Liz Stringer is an artist and arts administrator based in Los Angeles and received her BFA and BS from UC San Diego and her MFA from UC Irvine. She uses drawing, installation and sculpture to explore biopolitics through feminist poetic fiction. Liz actively participates in the Cold Read, an online critique group and artist collective that emphasizes care and support through writing, and currently engaged in the ongoing sixth version of INSITE.

Artist photo by Matt Savitsky

EDUCATION

MFA Studio Art. University of California, Irvine

BA Visual Arts Studio. University of California, San Diego 

Bachelor of Science. University of California, San Diego 

Certificate of Performance Museum Studies. San Diego Mesa College

SOLO EXHIBITION

2024   The Showings, Contemporary Art Center Gallery, University of California Irvine (UCI), Irvine, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2024   GLAMFA 2024: Hot For The Apocalypse, CSULB SOA At Galleries, Long Beach, CA

2023   NOMAD ii, Del Amo Crossing Complex, Torrance, CA 

2023   Expanded Ecologies, BEALL Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA 

2023   The Body is the House We Live In, The Floating Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2023   After Many Sunsets, University Art Gallery, University of California Irvine (UCI), Irvine, CA 

2022   A line and a long gaze, Phase Gallery, LA 

2022   GAMFA’22, CSULB SOA At Galleries, Long Beach, CA

2021   Shaggy Beast, University Art Gallery, University of California San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, CA (postponed)

2020   DXIX at OPAF, Other Places Art Fair (Virtual), San Pedro, CA 

2019   sluice over the braids sweet forming, Organized by the Cold Read, ESX, Los Angeles, CA

2019   Out of The Blue, Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, San Diego, CA

2019   In-Part, Mesa Community College, San Diego, CA

2019   Blended, DAC Gallery/ECF Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2019   Forces of Nature, San Diego International Airport, San Diego, CA

2019   Looking Forward, Looking Back, Mesa Community College, San Diego, CA

2019   Grey Matter, Ship in the Woods, San Diego, CA 

2018   Indigo, University of California San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, CA

2017   TALK TALK, Ship in the Woods, San Diego, CA

2017   Can You See Us?, Something We Don’t Know Part 3, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego

2017   26th Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by Alesssandra Moctezuma, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, San Diego, CA

2017   Untitled, Arts Aggregate, San Diego, CA 

2016   Transplanted, Arts Aggregate, Carlsbad, CA

2016   FINAL MAS Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2015   Just Friends @ DATE NIGHT, Horton Plaza Mall, San Diego, CA

2015   3 x 3, ARTifact Gallery, La Jolla, San Diego, CA

2015   Friends Press, ARTifact Gallery, La Jolla, San Diego, CA

2015   My Meditations End in Reverie, UCSD Library Exhibition, San Diego, CA

2015   Round But Square, University Art Gallery, UCSD, San Diego, CA

2015   Cloistered in These Living Walls of Jet, Kamil Gallery, UCSD, San Diego, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS

Juxtapose, May 23, 2024 - https://hyperallergic.com/918300/university-california-irvine-mfa-2024-challenge-institutional-display/

Sd Voyager: Local Stories, March 18, 2019  - http://sdvoyager.com/interview/check-elizabeth-stringers-artwork/

Artland.com, November 1, 2019 - https://www.artland.com/exhibitions/sluice-over-the-braids-sweet-forming

Scripts Institute of Oceanography - Artistic Display Brings Zooplankton into Focus, May 20, 2015 - https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/artistic-display-brings-zooplankton-focus

AWARDS

2023 Center for Medical Humanities Scholarship

2022/2023 UCI Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant

2022 Claire Trevor School of Art Scholarship

2022 Medici Scholarship Summer Award

2015 Russell Foundation Grant

2011 Ryman Arts, Los Angeles

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