Liz Roberts

A Midwesterner from New Jersey, my practice began as a 16mm filmmaker and has expanded to include sculpture, installation, and performance. The skills I brought with me from film production—location scouting, running a crew, and working with community—translated well into project-based visual arts.

Last fall I was invited by Reto Thüring, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, to create a site-specific performance, installation and sound piece. The work, Death Knell, destroys a car as a live performance, using only hand tools, recording the sounds with one hundred contact microphones. The resulting audio composition was released as a cassette by Unifactor Tapes, a Cleveland music label.

While exhibiting regularly and teaching, I am also involved with MINT, a collective and artist-run space in Columbus, Ohio. The experience of working in a large, non-hierarchical group to produce exhibitions, performing arts, and workshops has been a key factor in my questioning preconceived notions of the role (and potential) of art in culture. MINT’s mission is “to support underrepresented and developing artists, to cultivate relationships within the community, to embrace alternative projects, and to remain persistently disobedient to traditional thinking.”

I live by the motto “Mother and Destroy.”