Liz Craft, ‘Mermaid (Becky)’, 2008-2015, Whitney Museum of American Art
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Liz Craft

Mermaid (Becky), 2008-2015

Painted bronze and stainless steel as installed
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Whitney Museum of American Art
New York

Cameo by Pentti Monkkonen

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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Photograph by Genevieve Hanson, N.Y.
Liz Craft
American, b. 1970
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Liz Craft, who was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, creates faux-naïve figurative sculptures and irreverent and whimsical images that examine pre-conceived notions about marginalized groups, such as countercultural types and women. Working in a range of media, Craft demonstrates a keen sense for color and its ability to elicit cultural connotations, as in her use of pastels in a series of works about femininity and labor in the home. Using text and cartoonish modeling to depict figures, she reworks her materials, often including collaged, readymade elements that refer to the private and personal. “I’m always more interested in capturing a thinking pattern rather than just subject matter,” she says. “The theme in [much of my work] can be so powerful that I feel it’s important to include the methodology.”

Liz Craft, ‘Mermaid (Becky)’, 2008-2015, Whitney Museum of American Art
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About the work
Exhibition history
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York

Cameo by Pentti Monkkonen

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Medium
Sculpture
Image rights
Photograph by Genevieve Hanson, N.Y.
Liz Craft
American, b. 1970
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Liz Craft, who was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, creates faux-naïve figurative sculptures and irreverent and whimsical images that examine pre-conceived notions about marginalized groups, such as countercultural types and women. Working in a range of media, Craft demonstrates a keen sense for color and its ability to elicit cultural connotations, as in her use of pastels in a series of works about femininity and labor in the home. Using text and cartoonish modeling to depict figures, she reworks her materials, often including collaged, readymade elements that refer to the private and personal. “I’m always more interested in capturing a thinking pattern rather than just subject matter,” she says. “The theme in [much of my work] can be so powerful that I feel it’s important to include the methodology.”

Liz Craft

Mermaid (Becky), 2008-2015

Painted bronze and stainless steel as installed
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