Elizabeth Burden is a multidisciplinary artist, blending studio work with social practice. Her work focuses on the interrelated themes of geographies, space, and place; legacies and vestiges of historical violence and trauma; contemporary state and societal violences; and re-imagining and re-solution.
She believes that we need to prepare for the post-(fill in the blank) world–whether one defines it as post-SARS-CoV2, post-Trump, post-democratic, post-global, or something else. Further, she believes that the US is at one of those paradigm-shifting points in history, which is an opportunity to plant seeds for the transformation of the social order in favor of new, more equitable and just systems. Lastly, she believes that art-based processes can be an effective means to open space for reimagining the praxis, grammar (and rhetorics), aesthetics, and geographies of entrenched and failing systems, and for delving into concepts of community resilience, resistance, and restoration.
Elizabeth was one of four Mellon Projecting All Voices fellows (2020-2021). She was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Arts Institute (Truth and Reconciliation Residency, 2018-2019), and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Trainings for the Not Yet, 2019). She holds a master’s degree in geographic information science technology, and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and in visual arts.
Truth & Reconciliation 2018/2019
Tucson, AZ USA