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Lizzy Cross
Palo Alto, CA


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My artistic practice stems from a fascination with the simplistic and desperate human desire to connect. I am continually inspired by mark-making's basic but profound ability to prove the existence of an artist to a future viewer. Far from being "creators," I view the role of artist as more curatorial in nature: editing and arranging the elements in front of us, in an attempt to communicate with others.  Often calling upon digital photographic processes to preserve ephemeral imagery, I consider my primary medium to be the collection and re-framing of visual indexical data.  Marks made without forethought or out of necessity are, I find, innately sincere and carry the intriguing possibility of sharing meaningful understanding with the viewer. Personal narratives are suggested but often coded beyond recognition. Details of the story are not necessarily available to the viewer, promoting wide interpretation and calling attention to the subjective quality of relating.


born: 1982, Palo Alto, California


Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, 2004

selected awards/honors

Residency and Grant, Vermont Studio Center, 2005
Florence Leif Award, Rhode Island School of Design, 2004

selected publications

Steedman, Andrea; 'A Talk With Lizzy Cross.' Rogue Art Research & Writing, online journal, May 13, 2013
Northwest Art Center; America's 2012: Paperworks. Minot, ND: Minot State University p.14 2012
Studio Visit Magazine; vol. 16. Boston, MA: Open Studios Press p.36, 2011
RISD Biennial NYC 2006.  Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design, 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Carr Haus Gallery: Familiar Surfaces, Providence, RI, 2004
61 South Main St: If These Walls Could Talk, Providence, RI, 2004

selected group shows

Flow Art Space: Perceptions, St. Paul, MN, 2013
Newspace Center for Photography: Photography from the Edge, Portland, OR, 2013
PUNCH Gallery: Arrest Me, Seattle, WA, 2012
Root Division: Centering the Margin, San Francisco, CA, 2011



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