Elizabeth Alexander



Canary Syndrome September 27–November 4, 2018 at Ferrin Contemporary Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to present Canary Syndrome, a group show featuring recent works by U.S. and U.K.-based artists including Elizabeth...



Channeling neurosis and anxiety into busywork, menial tasks, and fussing over trivial duties, I pacify doubt with reverie. Meditating on the private and public nature of homemaking, trend following, and general beautification, exaggerations of taste-making unearth human behavior and emotion through manipulations of the stuff of our recent past. I trifle with relics of the American Dream to uncover antiquated ideals and promises through an endless process of deconstruction and reconstruction, counterfeits and edits.

Obsession, repetition, and labor function as both a subject and a method to break down forgotten findings of domestic investment and recondition the parts into non-utilitarian patterned indulgences. Appropriating discarded materials such as decorative wallpaper, architectural embellishments, furniture, images from coffee table books, and porcelain tableware, I cultivate and tarnish decoration and its domestic application. These attempts to find and display good taste unmask the tragic, comic, ephemeral, and irrational characteristics of a self-conscious society. My findings on this quest for domestic perfection visualize the cost and absurdity of social climbing through material veils.


Elizabeth Alexander (b.1982) is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in sculptures and installations made from paper and found objects.  She holds degrees in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy, MFA, and Massachusetts College of Art, BFA. She has fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the St. Botolph foundation, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and was awarded the title “Best Artist of Boston” for 2014 by Improper Bostonian magazine.  Her work has been highlighted and reviewed by publications such as Hyperallergic, Sculpture Magazine, School Arts Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, Art New England, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Santa Barbara News-Press, The Detroit Free Press, New Glass Review, Open Letters Monthly, and Berkshire Fine Arts.  She frequently exhibits in museums and galleries across the US. Her work is part of private collections across the United States as well as the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR and the contemporary craft collection at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. She is currently Assistant Professor at the UNC School of the Arts. You can view her work at: elizabethalexanderstudio.com.