BFA, Printmaking, Wayne State University, Detroit, 2004
MFA, Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, 2013
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My work explores the written word, and how the subtleties of texture, light and transparency affect the way each piece is read. My central line of inquiry is twofold: How many layers of information can be contained in a single object, and how does revealing or concealing a narrative affect meaning? My installations and artists books are explorations into the themes and theories that emerge from this inquiry. I use cast objects, handmade paper, letterpress printing, drawing, handwriting and projected video in order to illuminate the poetry in everyday life.
My most recent works are part of the series Ornament / Monument, several inquiries based on Victorian mourning culture, in which a small, personal object contains a monumental idea. Making these works are a way of activating the wonder in everyday materials, and the words that are captured seem to float, perhaps in a space between the living and the dead. This art is an act of memento mori, the need to capture every fleeting moment with the bittersweet notion that every moment passes.
These installations and artists books are born out of the need to document life, to leave something beautiful behind, a need that is complicated, layered and ever changing.
Elizabeth Isakson-Dado is an artist and musician working in installation, hand papermaking, letterpress printing and new media. Originally from Michigan, Elizabeth received her BFA in Printmaking from Wayne State University in 2004. Her paintings and artist's books have been shown at Detroit Contemporary, Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Center for Book & Paper Arts. She was named Lyceum Visiting Artist at University of Michigan Press, Featured Emerging Artist at Wyandotte Art Fair and has received an Access Arts Grant for Public Art in Detroit.
She is an MFA Candidate and Adjunct Instructor at Columbia College Chicago in the Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts program.
Elizabeth lives in Chicago with her husband, and works in Chicago and Detroit.
design & content Elizabeth Isakson-Dado copyright 2013