In my work I use different media to explore how my environment affects both me and the people around me. My projects often focus on digital manipulation in order to explore the borderline between reality and imagination. For example, in the two-channel video installation “You and Me” a woman slowly transforms into a man and vice versa. The morphing of the two people becomes a way to give visual form to their relationship and highlight how we interact and influence each other. The web project www.no-big-deal.net deals with the idea of a "global city". It is an attempt to translate the world that in economic sense is connected through the same brands into the internet. On the graphic surface the user has the possibility to explore different urban situations. Through clicking on different persons she/he can enter a dialog with some of the people living in this city. They refer to their different experiences in this apparently similar world.
My goal is to find and expose the origins and strategies of our own self-definition, and to isolate and give visual form to our changing patterns of behavior.
Artist Bio / CV
In the course of political change in the former Communist Poland of 1989 Elisabeth Smolarz’s family emigrated to Germany. Age thirteen at that time, she grew up between two different cultures and was affected by a post-communist and a democratic system.
In 2003, after receiving her MFA from the State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart, where she studied with Prof. Michou, Prof. Eigenheer and Burkhard Blümlein, she decided to move to New York. Here she found herself adjusting again to a new environment. As a consequence she got more and more involved in the idea of how consciousness and perception is formed by one’s surrounding and its specific cultural, political, social and economical conditions.
Since then her work has been shown in the USA, Germany, Iceland, China, Spain, and Denmark - in venues such as Galerie Reihe 22, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn Arts Council, Artists Space, Photography Triennial Esslingen, Baden Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein, Scope, Flux Factory, Reykjavik Photography Museum, Espai d'art contemporani de Castelló and the Sculpture Center among others.