Upcoming: Daylighting, 71*11d Performance Art Festival, Toronto
For research for this work, I am very much indebted to the community organization Lost Rivers Walks and citizen geographer and photographer Michael Cook. (Click on the links for their home pages; here for Lost Rivers Central Toronto Key Map, and here for Michael Cook’s page on the Garrison Creek West Branch Storm Trunk Relief Sewer. Daylighting Walks will cover a very short above ground portion of the sewer path.)
My work draws attention to what it means to be in a body, a place, with others. For 41 years, the interrelations of temporal-kinaesthetic-visual-aural-textual-sensory concerns have flowed through my work. I make primarily video and sound installations and performances, as well as video, artist’s gardens and constructed photographs and I often work in the public realm. more
I’m looking for the sweet spot where the intellectual and aesthetic refinement of contemporary art practice does not lead to exclusivity, but actively invites entry while being true to its values; where art is a form of service. Service not because of economic impact, providing “units” of self-esteem, promoting feel-good-feelings about the hometown, selling craft beer, or any measurable impact – but because of its own, innate power to heighten our direct experience of our lives, allowing ambiguity and deepening our understanding of what it means to each of us to be here, breathing, together.
– ec, 2016
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
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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 lineages.
This website is a work-in-progress charting work since 1975 and content will be added on an on-going basis. Thanks to Selene Communications for start-up assistance and Lesley Bell.
Contact – elizabeth.chitty [at] gmail [dot] com