I am an artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project for the month of May.
While I am in residence I hope to make new sculptures and collages, connect with the other resident artists and visiting curators, and run around in the woods in the glory of springtime. I will be spending a weekend in New York City as well, to attend the 10th annual Open Engagement conference, focusing on social practice and sustainability.
Two events are open to the public at the Wassaic Project:
MAY 12: Community Day & Summer Exhibition Opening, complete with a giant town-wide parade, bouncy castle, 7-story art show, and special chicken dinner!
MAY 26: Open Studios, where you can meet all of the awesome resident artists and tour the studios!
My solo exhibition, CONFRONT, was on view for the month of March at Holyoke Community College, and I had a great time being there to install the work and give a gallery talk for students and visitors. I have set up a virtual gallery of the show on Flickr for those who missed it in person: you can see the full layout and details here.
Face, 2018, fabric, wheat paste, paper
CONFRONT is an exhibition about facing the things that control, manipulate, embolden, debilitate, arouse, and categorize us all. Eliza Fernand's large-scale fabric installations act as pedagogical tools and aim to spur conversation about history, gender, disparity, consent, and our present-moment struggles. After studying sculpture, video, and performance in Portland, OR, Fernand has led a cross-country career; attending over a dozen artist residencies and directing her own traveling field study of American quilt-making traditions.
Feb. 28 - March 29, 2018
Opening Reception & Gallery Talk Wed. Feb. 28, 11am - 1pm talk begins at noon
Taber Art Gallery
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and is conveniently located through the HCC Campus Library lobby in the Donahue Bldg. Please call for our most current gallery hours during regular school sessions: 413-552-2614
I am collecting squares for a collaborative patchwork to be exhibited in March 2018 and beyond.
Anyone and everyone are invited to follow the NO Patchwork pattern I designed, to make their own piece to be included with others in a large patchwork wall hanging. Some basic sewing skills are necessary, but easy to learn!
I am interested in what people are saying NO to, and I want to bring many voices together in one space. The piece will first be exhibited during my solo exhibition at the Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College in Western Massachusetts in March 2018, and at later public events and exhibitions. Participants will send me their patchwork and brief words on their experience of NO, and I will build a large patchwork out of the pieces, as well as make a multimedia piece from the statements. The piece will be shown with my large NO: You Do Not Have My Consent patchwork, my EQUITY NOT EQUALITY banners, and other new work that is about confrontation.
The NO patchwork originated from the empowering act of saying NO; it's relationship to sexual consent and political strong-arming; and the socialization that tells many women that they should always be agreeable and accommodating. I am interested in hearing from all genders and perspectives on what you need to say NO to.
+ Send me an email (email@example.com) with the subject line reading "NO Patchwork"
+ I will write you back ASAP with a PDF of instructions on how to make the patchwork and where to send it
+Send your finished patchwork in the mail and email me to let me know it is on the way- include a statement of what you say NO to or your experience of saying NO
+All works must arrive to me by FEBRUARY 15th
+The work will be exhibited during the month of March in Holyoke Mass, with all participants credited, and I will keep you updated on future exhibitions and events where it will be shown
+I will send you complete documentation of the installation for your use
Resilience in Flux
In a time where adverse ideologies, politics, and ecologies are bombarding us at a steadily increasing rate, we are forced to reconsider our strategies for survival. What, therefore, does it mean to be resilient in a time of great resistance? How do you survive the test of time? This exhibition aims to highlight both the immediate and prolonged necessity for methods of adaptability. The site and exhibition within will function as a space for conversation and as a mechanism for sharing in a community-driven environment.
Dec 7, 2017 – Jan 16, 2018
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
I have video work in Fair Play. on view December 7th -10th, 2017, 11am – 7pm
Brickell City Centre
81 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130
FAIR. — FIRST ALL WOMEN, NON-COMMERCIAL ART FAIR DEBUTS DURING MIAMI ART WEEK AT BRICKELL CITY CENTRE
Fair. is a unique curated experience that provides space for women artists to create site-specific interventions in a non-traditional venue; to include notable works by Yoko Ono, Guerrilla Girls and more than 50 other women artists.
This December 7-10, Brickell City Centre (BCC), Miami’s newest urban shopping epicenter, will be home to Fair., an alternative, non-commercial contemporary art fair set to be a historic convening of some of the world’s most iconic and trailblazing women artists.
Presented by Swire Properties Inc, Fair. aims to address gender inequality in the art world and beyond, highlight activism in contemporary creative practices and inspire and empower women. Fair. will run concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, December 7–10 from 11 am to 7 pm, and will be located throughout multiple spaces within BCC’s shopping center.
Fair Play. is the video sector curated by Micol Hebron and presented in partnership with CMX Cinemas, which will feature The Femmes’ Video Art Festival projected onto the large-scale LED viewing screen. Founded in 2015, The Femmes’ Video Art Festival includes not just women artists, but femme, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and nonbinary artists as well. The selection of videos in Fair Play. is intended to foster an expansive conversation about gender, authorship, identity, and identity expression and representation. From #MeToo to #NotYou, Fair Play. aims to provide space for the voices of artists working in video who have heretofore been marginalized by cis-hetero identity norms. Fair Play. includes the special participation of YoungArts alumni.
Book Release Celebration
for The Land of Here and Now: Artists of Shared Space Studio, 2011-2015
A series of celebrations with the book available for purchase begins at NowSpace LA, on the last day of the Common Field Convening
November 5th, 3 to 5pm at NowSpace 5390 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90032
This catalog chronicles the adventures of resident artists in the Michigan beach town of Pentwater, over the course of a five-year experiment in collaborative art-making and small town explorations. The Shared Space Studio Artist-in-Residence Program operated seasonally from 2011 to 2015, offering facilities and support in a secluded and beautiful setting, with the chance to meet and exchange with other artists. Artists from across the US and Canada made new work inspired by the environment and fostered by the facility, while engaging the local community, building up the studio, and going to the beach. In the summer of 2016, co-facilitators Eliza Fernand and Mary Rothlisberger curated a group exhibition of new work by past resident artists, and recreated the studio inside of the gallery, where they spent time working on this catalog. Fernand's candid weekly recaps of the artist's work and play adapted from blog posts, and contributed essays by visiting artists and Pentwater locals, are accompanied by photo documentation in a brilliant layout by Rothlisberger.
Author and residency founder/director Eliza Fernand will be at Now Space to celebrate the publication of the catalog, and will have copies of the book available for $10 off the list price.
I am participating as an artist in two venues at this year's ArtPrize competition:
EQUITY NOT EQUALITY
on view September 13th through October 8th
at Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
I was invited by the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History to make a piece for the facade of the Ladie's Literary Club downtown, and it felt like a perfect fit for my current direction. Read my full statement on the ArtPrize website. For this work I am a recipient of an ArtPrize Nine Artist Seed Grant, and Calvin College is the recipient of an ArtPrize Venue Support Grant.
on view September 8th through October 8th
at Cerasus Studio 120 Division Ave S #126, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
I have two of my NO patchwork wall hangings in this group show that has collected artwork in response to the Trump administration.
Intermural is a special pop-up exhibition featuring three unique murals by Michigan based artists. From August 15 to September 3, artists will take over the entire 2nd floor of the Art Center, using the gallery walls as their canvas to create process-focused works in collaboration with the audience.
OLIVIA GUTERSON | ANN ARBOR, MI
ELIZA FERNAND | GRAND RAPIDS, MI
NATALIE BERRY & TREVOR STONE | ANN ARBOR, MI
The Jump Off
June 02 - August 26, 2017
The Jump Off and Flex Gallery Opening Reception Friday, June 2, 2017 5:30pm 9:00pm
2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UICA celebrates 40 years of experimentation and growth with The Jump Off, a group exhibition that features multiple works by local, regional, and national artists. The artists included in the exhibition reveal the evolution within the creative process by presenting artwork that defines their current practice paired with earlier works - specifically, exposing the piece or pieces that served as the clear turning point; catalyzing the spark for their new work’s materials, visual or conceptual content.
Included Artists: Hannah Smith Allen, Maggie Bandstra, Tyler Bohm, Pete Braspenninx, Kaylee Britton, Rachel Britton, Sophia Brueckner, Sara Dhyne, Scott Dickson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Laurel Dugan, Eliza Fernand, David Frison, Christy Georg, Toby Kaufman-Buhler, Jeff Kraus, Nathan Margoni, Catherine Mellinger, Avery Miller, Meredith Miller, Lisa Mull, Alessandra Myers, Thomas Pike, Ethan Ross, Megan Stone, Nicholas Szymanski, Kayla Thompson, Molly Lucille, Dave Weindorf, Elisabeth Wellfare, Tianna Wierenga, Al Wildey, Rachelle Wunderink.
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