Elizabeth Jordan is a Brooklyn, NY artist who works primarily in sculpture. In combining found objects and ordinary industrial materials with unique hand-made processes, Jordan’s work is able to make a connection between the beauty and grimness that cohabit the natural world. The quirkiness of materials and methods create a haunting and humorous roadmap to the ephemeral and transitory nature of life and death. Always concerned with opposites, Jordan reminds us that life is a circle with no real beginning and no real end. Elizabeth Jordan is a member of AS | Artists Studios, and her other works—including artists books and prints—can be seen at: www.enjordan.com
I carry on a conversation with my work in the studio. The conversation is private, between me and my materials, and would likely not be understood by an outsider. Ultimately, it is my hope that this conversation results in answers to the secrets that are hidden in the potential of my materials. I think this is true for anyone who engages in the creation of a handmade object...the secrets are really revealed only to the maker. These objects emerge from different repetitive processes of winding, wrapping and layering, which leads to distorting, altering and scarring. I need this combination of materials and actions to make an object that is as rich in its quirkiness and uniqueness as is found in nature. Some pieces or elements are made over and over again, all the same but also different. I enjoy seeing them multiply. My work may seem dark, but it is not humorless. Beauty is subjective, and perfection in nature is frequently surprising. My idea of beauty exists in a connection to the earth, the grimness of the world and the ephemeral nature of life.
b. 1954, New Brunswick, NJ
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY