Ruin Follies

Oct. 9 to Nov. 4, 2015, noon to 5 p.m.
Elizabeth Corkery Ruin Follies Materials Lab opening

Elizabeth Corkery
Guest Artist in Print Program

Elizabeth Corkery spent a week in residency at The University of Texas at Austin as part of the Guest Artist in Print Program. With the help of students, Corkery further developed her project ruin follies, an inquiry into to the tradition of the folly, the picturesque, the classical ruin, and print’s history in relation to the representation of gardens through the Renaissance and the strong connection between theatre and the garden. Screen printing, laser etching, and relief process were used to build up “stone” surfaces on cut pieces of MDF. Corkery also presented a lecture on her research on October 6.

Elizabeth Corkery holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a B.F.A. (Hons – First Class) in Printmaking from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia. Drawing on this background in printmaking, much of Elizabeth’s work connects conceptual concerns of repetition, reproduction and simulation using spatial investigations that force a reconsideration of the architectural environment as merely a static backdrop.

Elizabeth has received production and research funding from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Somerville Arts Council, Cornell Council for the Arts and Australian philanthropic organizations The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The Australia Council for the Arts. In 2015 she was a funded resident at the Vermont Studio Center with support from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, worked as a summer apprentice with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, and presented her first solo show in the UK at Beers London, titled Pictures of Pieces. Elizabeth currently lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. 

The Guest Artist in Print Program (GAPP) is the visiting artist program of the Print Area within the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. GAPP seeks to expose the university community to a combination of emerging and established artists immersed in an expanded print practice.