Elizabeth Corkery (b. Sydney, Australia) lives and works in Sacramento, CA. Her work, borders on the ethnographic, addressing the social and political structures of environments’ creators and users. Originally trained as a printmaker much of Elizabeth’s practice connects conceptual concerns of repetition, reproduction and simulation with spatial investigations that initiate a slippage between the conventionally two-dimensional nature of print media and a more volumetric architectural space.

Her installations are grounded in readings of the built environment, and with nearly every project, she deconstructs a site, or an image of that site, selecting some aspects of its structural idiosyncrasy or decorative style to examine through reproduction and compositional fragmentation. One outcome of this fragmentation is a mode of production that often relies on paneling and reproducible modular elements that hinge between mass-produced component parts and bespoke printed forms. Printed reproductions repeat and dissolve across separate segmented surfaces resulting in a rhythmic interplay that forces us to reconsider the architectural environment as merely a static backdrop.

Through her installations, Elizabeth generates a symbiotic relationship between cinematic sequence, printed reproduction and sculptural ensemble, using the gallery as a mechanism to present ideas of duration and simultaneity. Elizabeth often constructs discreet architectural objects, which, thanks to an orderly Modernist aesthetic, serve as both sculptures and functional display. Often these free-standing structural forms are combined with printed, pictorial representations, generating a tension between a physical and present experience versus the reproduced views of a space that has previously been visited or documented. These coexisting views are in dialogue and respond to a feeling of strange familiarity combined with simultaneous irrationality. The works provoke in the observer an acute awareness of perception and space as a bodily and cognitive process, and often challenges attempts to situate one’s self in its multiple views.

Elizabeth is the Founder/Director of Print Club Ltd.


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2013, MFA, Visual Arts, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2008, BFA (Hons), Printmaking, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Well-ripened Seeds, Rivalry Projects, Buffalo, NY (solo)

Full Moon, Figure Eight
120710 Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Nature Morte (Sort of), Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI

Imprinted, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA
What ends up in a book
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Ildiko Butler Gallery, Fordham University, New York 

On the Wall: Elizabeth Corkery, Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI (solo)
Sanctuary, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA
Climate Therapy, Public Land, Sacramento, CA

Pieces from Pictures, Outside, North Adams, MA (solo)
Printed Flats, STNDRD, St Louis, MO (solo)
The Newest Romantics, New Art Center, Newton, MA

Ruin Sequence, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston, MA (solo)
Providence Psychedelic, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago
A Work in Progress: The London Summer Intensive, Camden Arts Center, London

Pictures of Pieces, Beers Contemporary, London, UK (solo)
Tanabata, Public Address Gallery, Brooklyn

The Modern Interior, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
(two-person show with Graham McDougal)
Small Decors, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (solo)
Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh, Scotland

Nowhere is There a Garden, Hartell Gallery, Ithaca, NY (solo)
New Prints/Autumn 2013, International Print Center, New York, NY
Free School, Gary Snyder Project Space, New York, NY

Galerie, 303 10th Ave, New York, NY (solo, presented with support from Chashama)
Absolute Monarchy, Tjaden Gallery, Ithaca, NY
Cornall MFA Exhibition, White Box Gallery, New York, NY

I Is For Pulsating Flowers, DUMBO Arts Festival. Brooklyn, NY
The Garden of Earthly Delights, Big Car Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

Print Americas, Juried Print Triennial, Silvermine Arts Center, CT

Awards and Residencies

2021 John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency 
2019 Finalist, The Print Center 94th ANNUAL International Competition
2019 Providence College Galleries, Residency for Visual Artists and Scholars
2016 London Summer Intensive, Supported by The Slade, UCL and Camden Arts Center
2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
2015 Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Grant
2015 Studio Apprenticeship, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
2015 Guest Artist in Print (GAPP) Visiting Artist at The University of Texas at Austin.
2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center
2014 Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium
2014 Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award
2014 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant Winner
2014 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Travel Grant
2014 Australia Council ArtStart Grant
2014 Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging - Winner: Sculpture/Installation
2014 Somerville Arts Council Fellowship
2013 John Hartell Graduate Award, Cornell University
2012 Ian Potter Cultural Trust Travel Grant
2011 Cornell Council for the Arts Grant
2010 Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant
2008 University Medal, University of New South Wales
2008 Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Scholarship
2008 Earl Backen Scholarship for Outstanding Graduating Printmaking Student