THE AESTHETICS OF THE GROTESQUEElizabeth New
The usual response to the horror of daily life is to block it out, to isolate yourself from it or deny its existence. In utilizing the grotesque, I am utilizing the very territory of our daily life, offering an alternative – a glad acceptance of and interest in the muck and mayhem of reality. I am designing objects that bring the outside world into your home, erasing the boundary between internal and external, interior and exterior.
Elizabeth New is a designer and artist with a deep love of ceramics, house wares and everything macabre. In recent years, Elizabeth has won the Josiah Wedgwood Student Design Competition, made props for ghost themed television shows, and exhibited her work during design week in the Designboom Mart at ICFF. Previous to her time at Pratt, she attended the Oregon College of Art and Craft, received her BFA from Alfred University and was the Artist in Residence and Ceramic Technician for the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon. Her obsession with the gruesome is deeply influenced by her mother, who, during Elizabeth’s childhood was a district attorney trying homicide cases in Philadelphia, PA, and who always figured if her children could understand her latest murder trial, so could her jury.
Advisor: Andrew Schloss