Elisabeth Pointon

CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON

ELISABETH POINTON

CURRENT: What goes up.

Elisabeth’s work focuses on accessibility where she repurposes the exhibition space and turns it into an active performance area. Some of her work includes giant inflatables where one of her purposes is that people are welcome to touch. Elisabeth is intensely aware of cultural characteristics and her work is a response or a critique of what is missing and who is not being heard. She wants to represent as many voices as possible. Elisabeth realises as a mixed-race female artist she has to make a space to represent herself. In the What Goes Up exhibition, Elisabeth was conscious of the three banners’ layout where she tries to take up as much space as possible. 

There is a double meaning in her work. It is a critique to the institutional language yet it can be interpreted in a more novel and fun manner. In some of her work, there is also a humorous quality which stirs up different conversations. As she responds with art, an ethos of care is embedded in her work that reconfigures the relationships around her and in society. 

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