Trash Quilt – Elizabeth New
Explanation Of Work:
Recently Exhibited in the Core77 Open during 2012 Design Week, “Trash Quilt”
is patterned after a classic double wedding ring quilt. From far away you can see
the beautiful earth tones moving in and out of the one another, but as you get
closer you begin to realize that all the textures are trash, dirt and filth. When you
encounter the work up close, you can see appliqued rats on the surface.
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 New utilizes the very territory
of our daily life, offering an alternative — glad acceptance of and interest
in the muck and mayhem of reality. Elizabeth New designs objects that bring
the outside world into your home, erasing the boundary between internal and
external, interior and exterior.
In regards to sustainability, the fabrics were printed at Spoonflower in North
Carolina, where they digitally print water based inks. All of the patterning, stitching
and construction were done here in NYC with a minimum of waste. The
fabric patterns and the quilt itself question the waste and decay in our daily life.
As a designer of house wares, Elizabeth is interested in the question “How long
can an object last and what encourages us to keep it?” Quilts are objects that
are often passed down generation after generation. The quality and integrity
of contemporary objects should encourage the modern consumer to curb their
consumption, living with only what they need.
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.