Lizzie Scott makes performances, drawings, installations and objects about social interactions in urban spaces. Recent projects include the installation Window/Wall at the Jersey City Museum and East River Stairway Parade at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions throughout the US and in Europe, including at Kate MacGarry Gallery in London, at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medeindtechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, at Hot Coco Lab in Los Angeles, and at the Brooklyn Museum and LMAKprojects in New York.
Lizzie has contributed to several books, including Surface Tension and Open House. Her projects have been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, and on NBC television.
Lizzie received her MFA from CalArts in 1998 and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow and her project Satin Subway Grate Rubbings received a grant from the Greenwald Foundation.
The Styrene Fantastic
It recently occurred to me that the pieces of styrofoam we use to protect the things we buy are the eternal monument our culture will leave behind. The problem styrofoam addresses — how to cushion breakable consumer goods without creating extra shipping weight — seems to be the kind of problem to which we devote most of our intelligence and resources. The Styrene Fantastic is an attempt to make the best of this situation.
The central idea in my work is that function is excessive while frivolity is essential. I make drawings, sculptures and performances that use found materials to explore this idea in the context of the urban landscape. My interest in how bodies move through and share city spaces has led to my work in performance and choreography. The performers in The Styrene Fantastic collaborate with their costumes, which limit and extend the movement of their bodies. It’s an experiment in grafting architecture’s scale onto clothing’s flexibility.