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.
Isabella creates intricate sculptures using twine and concrete, stretching the limits with what she can do with her body. She often starts with sketching out the idea and just begins making these structures, over and over again until she is happy with it. Isabella trains the exhibition space to work just like her own intimate studio, where she follows her instinct and works out a way to create rather than building the idea in her head. Isabella is interested in the constructs surrounding concrete, where depending on how it is manipulated it could be fragile and delicate instead of strong and stable. In her work, the audience has to be aware of their bodies and how they navigate around the space. Isabella is also acutely aware of the tactile nature of her work – where the audience wants to touch and figure it out. She wants the audience to freely interpret her structures where looking at it unravels emotion.