Reviews

“Necessity,” a mural installation by Elizabeth Knowles, migrates from the wall and onto the floor. Extending outward from a nest-shaped central node, branches wrapped in wire dissipate into tendrils that ultimately fragment, like offshoots of kudzu out to colonize
the landscape

~ Helen A Harrison | The New York Times

"Elizabeth Knowles has created a smart body of biology-based work. It's a combination of video, sculpture, paper cutouts and splashy paintings on photocopies of medical texts. They're informed by a squiggly sense of line and inspired by the dotted skeins and bulbous clusters that viruses reveal when seen under the microscope...... There's a sizable share of whimsy in Knowles' work, but like other contemporary art exploring visceral imagery, her work seems sensitive to a time shaped by such brave new biological advances as cloning and DNA mapping."

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Elisa Turner, The Miami Herald

"Thin Lines coalesce to form an organically inspired, abstract shape in Elizabeth Knowles' pieces, which have the bulk and mass expected in sculpture. Here the body is shaped by mesh like wire, allowing light inside as well as out, and the eye questions whether the form is solid or open...... These are challenging, inventive pieces, with unusual contours that present a keen sense of discovery."


~ Phyllis Braff, The New York Times

"In 'Love's Fortune' Elizabeth Knowles cuts out heart shapes from e-mail printouts, letters, and astrological charts that are sewn together; the hearts fall to the floor, and the papers drape like a doily over a table......beautifully showing the longing and absence of modern romance."


~ Christopher Howard The Brooklyn Rail

 

"Night Vision", Elizabeth Knowles's array of multipointed cutouts made of X-ray film, ranges freely over its assigned wall and migrates to the ceiling. Shadowy image fragments are visible on the film, which has a reflective sheen that twinkles in the light, like phosphorescent starfish swimming in a night sea. The marine analogy is enhanced by the flowing shape of the installation.

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Helen A Harrison, The New York Times

"Elizabeth Knowles' mixed-media constructions echo the dynamism inherent in the psychological and physiological relationships of life, both animal and vegetable...... suggesting neurons and ganglia and all the other submicroscopic paraphernalia of existence. I found it exciting."


~ James Auer, The Milwaukee Journal

"Elizabeth Knowles' Viruses cling to the wall...... the shapes of molecular structures inspire Knowles' expressive wire sculptures covered with thick gobs of acrylic paint. These organic forms seem to move up and down the wall like germs under a microscope...... a poetic meditation on both the laws of science and laws of human relationships."

~ 
Judy Canter, The New Times

 

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