Artist Statement

Liz Liguori

Artist Statement

The parallel roles of the artist and technologist are increasingly difficult to differentiate in contemporary creative discourse. Art has informed technology, and technological advancements have transformed the art world. The fine art world is fundamentally more inclusive and transdisciplinary thanks to the remixing and the memetic circulation of ideas.

Light as a medium is an elemental focus that has guided and informed my work as an artist embracing technology since the very beginning. Its tenuous and ephemeral nature became a gateway to explorations of concepts, technologies, and processes of many diverse media. It is through the handling of light that I first discovered the driving force of process in my work, and I would eventually come to recognize its centrality in my creative voice. I harness process to inspire and challenge myself into new modes of thought and action, of deconstruction and re-assemblage of ideas and methodologies, fusions of form and function and of technology and art. This is where art practice for me begins. 

Whether it is a remix of traditional processes in the darkroom, or the dissection of pencils for their use of graphite as an electronic component, or even ceramic sculptural forms made interactive and embedded with sensors and Arduinos, my works become portals to new types of understanding the traits and properties of the media I am working with. These projects reveal unusual connections, and expose new ways for a medium to be considered and then presented—dismantled, reformed, and reframed from its original purpose.

As an artist, I work with technology not for its sake alone, but to embody Aristotle's Techne; as a creative voice working in attempt to dissolve the boundaries between the two fields and create rich interpretations of a body of evidence. Inspired by the works of artists like Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, Robert Rauschenberg, James Turrell, Tara Donovan and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, my goal as an artist is to create immersive environments and structures which are at the intersection of process and experience. My aim is to produce work which is deconstructed, reassembled and reframed from its original purpose. Traditional methods of art making juxtaposed with technologies, both new and antiquated—especially those which have become commonplace and dismissed—motivate the production of my work.