The Universe Is Playful

Elisbeth Schon
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
May
   
11
 -  
May
   
22
This series is an ode to the free-form learning and the carefree curiosity children naturally possess, and a reminder to us adults of the transient nature of these accidental installations which will be cleaned up and wiped away.

INFORMATION

This place, pregnant with your presence

With all the clues you leave behind

I want to remember, before they slip my mind

And one day return to a room to find

It exactly the way I left it. 

 

This series is an ode to the free-form learning and the carefree curiosity children naturally possess, and a reminder to us adults of the transient nature of these accidental installations which will be cleaned up and wiped away.

 

It explores material and developmental impermanence, logic and absurdity, socialization and freedom. It questions children's antics as irritations and naughtiness versus our need for control as adults. The images are a meditation on the domestic and mundane, a celebration of play and discovery, an invitation to adults to explore our reactions to disorder and discomfort, and how narrowly we define the spaces and objects we encounter within the limits of their intended functionality, compared to the beginner’s mind which seeks to understand all the myriad possibilities. 

 

Motherhood is a central theme in my work. Mothers tend to be marginalized in the professional world, including the art world – pushed back into the domestic sphere there seems to be little place for us in the productive sphere. Under the guidance of conceptual artist Lenka Clayton, I've solidified this project and the part motherhood plays in my work on a platform she developed.

 

The Artist in Residency in Motherhood holds space for the roles of artist and mother to inform each other. Motherhood is such a challenging theme for feminists to articulate that the topic is literally left behind in Women's Studies. The duality of bondage and bonding makes it a complex issue. Mother artists delve into what it means to be a mother, a maker, and a feminist. The terms need not contradict each other. The confrontation with the biology of creation, birth, and selfless nurturing tends to be so transformative it's hard to deny its influence on the emotional and existential self. Though professional and private are purported to be separate from each other, we're forced to explore its synthesis. 

This place, pregnant with your presence

With all the clues you leave behind

I want to remember, before they slip my mind

And one day return to a room to find

It exactly the way I left it. 

 

This series is an ode to the free-form learning and the carefree curiosity children naturally possess, and a reminder to us adults of the transient nature of these accidental installations which will be cleaned up and wiped away.

 

It explores material and developmental impermanence, logic and absurdity, socialization and freedom. It questions children's antics as irritations and naughtiness versus our need for control as adults. The images are a meditation on the domestic and mundane, a celebration of play and discovery, an invitation to adults to explore our reactions to disorder and discomfort, and how narrowly we define the spaces and objects we encounter within the limits of their intended functionality, compared to the beginner’s mind which seeks to understand all the myriad possibilities. 

 

Motherhood is a central theme in my work. Mothers tend to be marginalized in the professional world, including the art world – pushed back into the domestic sphere there seems to be little place for us in the productive sphere. Under the guidance of conceptual artist Lenka Clayton, I've solidified this project and the part motherhood plays in my work on a platform she developed.

 

The Artist in Residency in Motherhood holds space for the roles of artist and mother to inform each other. Motherhood is such a challenging theme for feminists to articulate that the topic is literally left behind in Women's Studies. The duality of bondage and bonding makes it a complex issue. Mother artists delve into what it means to be a mother, a maker, and a feminist. The terms need not contradict each other. The confrontation with the biology of creation, birth, and selfless nurturing tends to be so transformative it's hard to deny its influence on the emotional and existential self. Though professional and private are purported to be separate from each other, we're forced to explore its synthesis. 

FEATURED  WORKS

Elisbeth Schon, Cheesecarsamich

Elisbeth Schon, Off With Their Heads

Elisbeth Schon, Toys are Done

OTHER  EXHIBITIONS