Elisabeth Pellathy works in a variety of mediums, responding to locations, history, and social context. She sees physical and digital manipulation of material as parallel processes. An open dialogue between these realms provides a generative space for her exploration of materiality and process. Tactile and digital, act as metaphors for the complexity of the space in-between, the slippage of the moment.
Often, ecological concerns or more specifically, issues of disappearance, are themes in her work. Urgency in issues of language, fragility, loss, (in)visibility, tactility, and magnification emerge. While Pellathy’s working methodology is at times divergent it reflects contemporary art in global times, where accessibility of information leads to variant paths, weaving, intersecting, or perhaps never meeting, yet offering a chance of discovery.
Pellathy (b. 1982, Latrobe, Pennsylvania) trained at Alfred University School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY receiving a BFA in 2005 and an MFA in electronic integrated arts in 2011. She teaches new media at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Her work has been exhibited at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice, IT (2019), Booth Museum, Royal Pavilion and Museums, UK (2018), Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, USA (2018), Alfred Ceramics Art Museum, USA (2017), Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, USA (2017), Currents New Media, USA (2016), Unicorn Center for Art, China (2016) and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, USA (2011).