Gesamtkunstwerk: A Synthesis of Arts
On view: May 2 – June 13, 2015
Reception to Meet the artist: Saturday, June 6, 4 – 7pm
Deformity, adversity, and empowerment- these are the themes of my work. Having been born with seven fingers total, (five fingers on my left-hand and two fingers on my right-hand) as an artist, I have chosen to take this unique personal experience and transform it into a shared experience with my audiences. I have created four distinct characters that represent different developmental stages a person born with a physical defect goes through. The transformation is marked in terms of both social perception and self-perspective. It is most important to me that the work I make is both visually intriguing as well as socially compelling. I combine the mediums of video, art performance, and installation to engulf the viewer in this experience. I want my art to be engaging, heartfelt, and ultimately socially positive for an audience composed of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and social-economical classes. Birth defects occur in all groups of people and the adversity of the disabled can truly touch us all, especially when the adversity is overcome and the deformed then become the empowered.
Liz Gibson has been an artist for twelve years. She works in painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance and storytelling. Her art has been presented and exhibited in galleries and museums including an evening of solo performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in 2011. Gibson was recently selected to receive one of eight Individual Artist Fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for 2014. She also received a grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida for 2013. She received her MFA in Performance Art from Florida State University in 2011. She is based in Jacksonville, Florida and teaches at the University of North Florida.