Liz Nurenberg

Liz NurenbergArtist’s Statement

Modern technology such as cell phones, email, and social media create an isolation tank in which people can exist without needing to physically occupy the same space. I am interested in art that counteracts this isolation; art that enlists the full body and appeals to multiple senses while exploring intimacy, awkwardness and personal space. Using fabric, upholstery foam, and polyfill, I create soft sculptures that act as props for the viewers to use or inhabit, allowing the body, or multiple bodies, to become a component of the sculptural outcome. The viewer decides their own level of participation under a set of circumstances. One can experience an actual physical interaction or have an imagined interaction.

The effect of the work varies based on the level of intimacy that exists between participants. Context is also fundamental. My sculptures create social spaces that allow participants to move in waves of comfort and discomfort, situations where they are made aware of their bodies and their proximity to others. These spaces allow us to be fully conscious in a moment, a moment where sculpture is the platform that allows us to engage with one another.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Affect, sponsored by FAR, Autonomie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

[Touch], East Gallery, Claremont Graduate, Claremont, CA

Select Group Exhibitions

Surface Tensions, Craftswoman House Temporary Residency, ILGWU, Long Beach,

14@<40, Frank M. Doyle Pavilion, Orange Coast College, CA

Leap Year, curated by David Pagel, Claremont Graduate, Claremont, CA

Irrational Exhibits, Track 16 Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Select Fellowships and Awards

Helen B. Dooley Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA


M.F.A., 2010
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

B.F.A., 2003
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI