blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2021  Vol. 20  No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King is a sculptor and stop-motion filmmaker whose works address the human/machine interface and the anatomy of emotion. Her most recent solo show, Radical Small, was on view at MASS MoCA from February 2017 through January 2018. Double Take, a documentary film on her work by Olympia Stone, was released in 2018 and shown on PBS stations nationwide. Awards include a 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Residency, a 2014 Anonymous Was a Woman Award, a 2006 Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, and a 1996-97 Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She was represented by Danese/Corey in New York from 2007 until the gallery closed in April 2020 following the death of Renato Danese. Her recent published writing includes the essay “Inhale, Exhale, Pause: Breath and the Open Mouth in Sculpture” in the anthology Field Notes on the Visual Arts: Seventy-Five Short Essays edited by Karen Lang (Intellect Ltd., 2019). King’s book Attention’s Loop: A Sculptor’s Reverie on the Coexistence of Substance and Spirit was published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 1999. A second book, Mysticism & Machinery: A Sixteenth-Century Automaton and Its Legend, coauthored with clockmaker W. David Todd of the Smithsonian Institution, with photographs by Rosamond Purcell, is currently under review for publication. She is a professor emerita at Virginia Commonwealth University where she taught from 1985 to 2015 in the department of sculpture and extended media.  end

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