Elizabeth Lide, Putting the House in Order, 2016–17. Built room inside gallery, paper and paper pulp, paint, stitchery, Ha Jin poem, drawings, clothes, family objects, plaster, aluminum vases poured from family objects, record player, 8-mm film, and plaster and paper-pulp vases with human hair and pigment molded from family objects, installation view.

Elizabeth Lide


The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

With a focus on organizing space, Atlanta-based Elizabeth Lide explores how we shape–and are shaped by–our personal past. Her recent, multi-part installation of sculpture, drawing, and stitchery, Putting the House in Order, which marked the culmination of a 2015/16 Working Artist Project Fellowship awarded by the museum, investigated the literal and metaphorical influence of memory, family history, and accumulated domestic objects, all of which Lide believes can be both burden and assurance. How much space does the past assume in our present lives? If memory were tangible, how would its connections manifest? A framed poem by the Chinese writer Ha Jin was integral to Lide’s installation. …see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.