Interdisciplinarity has been at the core of Elizabeth Chitty’s artistic practice for 39 years. Her installations are usually video-based including sound. She has created public artists’ gardens, constructed photographs and has worked with community-based strategies. Her performances may reflect dance or performance art lineages and respond to concert settings or public practice; she is equally at home in the gallery, outdoors or on the stage.
A renegade, formalist, and visionary, she continues her process of developing a hybrid language that can solve the double bind of articulating truth and reaching an audience.
– Paul Couilliard, Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, ed. Tanya Mars & Johanna Householder, YYZ Books, Toronto, 2004
It’s hard to get a handle on Elizabeth Chitty.
- Deirdre Kelly, Globe and Mail, June 13, 1990
“I do intellectual enquiry sitting in mystery.”
– Elizabeth Chitty, 2012
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Works prior to 2010 are listed by decade under Archive and identified by medium. A note on nomenclature: “performance” identifies works regardless of whether they are most related to dance or performance art conventions.
This website is a work-in-progress charting work since 1975 and content will be added on an on-going basis. Thanks to Rowan Shirkie | Selene Communications for his early assistance and to Lesley Bell.
Contact – elizabeth.chitty [at] gmail [dot] com