Elizabeth Kronfield — College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
Elizabeth's recent projects include an Artist in Residence at Keen Foundry in Houston, Texas. Elizabeth spent the summer of 2013 at the foundry to create two cast iron sculpture components. Each piece required a 10,000 pound sand mold to be created and took 1500 pounds molten metal to cast. The two castings were then transported back to Elizabeth’s studio to be cleaned, chased, and patinaed. The finished sculptures became part of a larger installation, which included other materials, prints, and a video projection in a solo exhibition entitled Impulsion. This installation was recently on display in the Chapman Gallery at Kansas State University where Elizabeth also gave a Visiting Artist lecture highlighting the relationship between concept, material, and form.
Another recent solo exhibition was installed in the fall of 2013 at Redbird Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina. This exhibition entitled Chasing Tail included cast iron vessels and horsehair sculptures hung throughout the entire gallery.
Elizabeth's recent installations interfere with the space, asking the viewer to navigate through the artwork and create relationships between the individual elements and materials while connecting that information to their own physical presence in the work. Her use of cast iron is integral to the concepts behind the work linking an industrial history along with referencing the material's significance as the core of the earth and component of man. Elizabeth also uses natural materials such as carved stone and manipulated horsehair to investigate gender identities placed on materials.
Elizabeth future projects include traveling to China to participate in an International Residency program where she will create and exhibit new work along with a residency at Six Mile Sculptureworks in St Louis to collaborate on a large public earthwork.