Elizabeth Jordan

Elizabeth Jordan is an artist working primarily in sculpture and whose work uses multiple materials to produce unique, organic forms. In addition to a solo and group show at Ivy Brown Gallery, she has exhibited at The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Nassau County Museum of Art, The Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, Florida and the New York Artists Equity Gallery. In 2022 she was awarded the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society. She was born in New Jersey and has lived in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida and New York, and currently resides and has a studio in Bayonne, New Jersey.

"My work involves using animal figures reminiscent of characters in a fable, though they don’t necessarily present ethical or moral themes. As introspective observers of the world, they are both feral and timid. Their appearance can be ominously harsh looking while still creating their own definition of beauty. Their gestures and poses mimic the strengths and weaknesses of human beings. During the process of constructing them I try to relinquish control, letting day dreams evolve into forms whose species are sometimes hard to pinpoint. Their gestures reflect my interests in classic fairy tales, horror films from the fifties and sixties, ghost stories, the human-like behavior of animals, birds and insects, odd found objects, store mannequins, and handmade signs. They evolve from the inside out, using processes that include repetitive winding, wrapping, layering, distorting, altering and scarring. A wide vocabulary of materials and ideas are interwoven: teeth, bird wings, bones, barbed wire, metal cans, etc., evolve into hares, goats, wolves and birds. Their anthropomorphic nature coaxes the viewer into finding their own intimate connection to each piece. The animals may seem dark, but they are not humorless. They have a request: please pay attention to their gestures, positions, cuts and scars. Through them they portray animals living in a human world. Their appearance tells of the moment of surrender to the inevitable, and it reveals their secret stories of the ephemeral nature of life.”