Elizabeth (Liz) Stensland grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her interests growing up were animals of all kinds, building structures and rube goldberg contraptions with Legos and tinker toys, and tracing her older sisters’ art work as practice for her own art. As she graduated high school Elizabeth decided to dive into the world of Graphic Design as a career at Minnesota State University. After about two years in the program she changed her major to Ceramics because she found a passion for burying her hands in clay. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art at Minnesota State University for Ceramics and Installation art in 2018. In the Fall of 2018 Elizabeth began her Master of Art for Ceramics. Her first solo show Primitive Form in November 2017 was an exhibition that focused on early developmental learning and how humans learn through colors and shapes at a young age and as they mature the basis of those constructs comes mature advanced forms. Multiple galleries have shown Elizabeth’s work since 2016.
Utilizing bold colors and seemingly simple shapes; the work I produce creates ambiguity between form and function. My goal as an artist is to challenge the viewers perception of an object with illusion of functionality despite the lack thereof. Inspired through the observation of micro into the execution of macro objects, leads to a desire to further investigate the world around me and the inner workings of the macro developed through the micro. The work I make induces a recollection of knowledge for the viewer, to allow for a personal interpretation, absolving me from forcing my own context onto a piece and into a person’s mind. Abstracting the form evokes a complexity of thought with the simplicity in the design. Using a combination of materials my work has expanded my knowledge of construction. Mixed media practices have catapulted my work from smooth surfaces to intriguing visual textures.