Interdisciplinarity has been at the core of Elizabeth Chitty’s artistic practice for 40 years. Site, corporeality, temporality and attention to process thread through her body of work, which expands on ideas, emotions and sensations of what it means to be in a body, a place, with others.
Her performances may reflect contemporary dance or performance art lineages and respond to concert settings or social practice; her literacy spans the gallery, stage, and public realm. Her installations and performances are usually video-based including sound. She has created public artists’ gardens, constructed photographs and has worked with community-based strategies. You are unlikely to find her work in any canon. For most of her life, she has lived in the Niagara region, Ontario, outside of any academic affiliation, shifting amongst disparate subjects informed by life lived and the local, and the conceptual base formed early in her career in Toronto and Vancouver.
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