Liz Howe

Artist Statement

My sculptural portraits and abstract objects stem from the contemporary phenomenon of living a very mobile, fast-paced lifestyle and the increasing distance between people and the physical natural world.

The work references and contrasts textures and surfaces of the earth with ‘man’-made objects encountered during the course of everyday life. Neon gas station signs, taillights on the car ahead, maps, highway construction markers, electronic gadgetry and remote controllers weave together with the horizon, hills, rivers and rocks. I am interested in the contrast between mobility and an enduring, reverent self-defining relationship with a particular place or location upon the earth.

Each sculpture serves as a personal visual marker of contemporary life - a buoy of sorts, quietly communicating a direction, concern or caution while tethered and floating with the tide.

-- Liz Howe


Liz Howe lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, maintains an active studio practice and exhibition schedule and teaches high school ceramics in Bennington, Vermont. Her work has been shown work extensively in the United States and abroad including The New Hampshire Museum of Art, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Museu del Fang in Mallorca, Spain, the Ceramics Museum of L’Alcora, Spain, Pingtung Art Museum Pingtung, Taipei Yingee Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.

Liz was born in Albany, NY. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz, a M.S. in Art Education from The College of St. Rose and a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her professional experiences include a four year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Ceramics at the Rochester Institute of Technology (2005-2009), Artist-in-Residence at the Tainan National University of the Arts Graduate School in Tainan, Taiwan (2010) and visiting lectures at Skidmore College, the University of Montana, the University of Northern Colorado and Kansas State University.