Lizzie Fitch presents a multipart sculpture/space complete with abstract furniture made of wood, pillow, plastic and cloth and what the artist calls “human skin clone blankets.” These figures will drape over, reside in, and converse with the constructed environs. Throughout the course of the installation, Fitch and an undulating cast of performers called The Experimental People Band will interact with the work, collapsing the boundaries between viewer and object, gallery and stage. Fitch’s work speaks to the changing relationship of the body to reality. Synthetic materials, virtual life, alternative worlds, avatars, faux identity and accelerated evolution are shifting our purpose and culture. Working on site and in residency at PICA, Fitch has constructed a propped scene that reflects our epic struggle with technology, which is advancing faster than we are.
Lizzie Fitch lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Fitch’s work was recently featured as part of Lustwarande 08 at the Museum De Pont (NL), in a two person exhibition at Bobo’s on 9th (PA); and We’ve got tissues at OK Mountain (TX). Fitch is a frequent collaborator of artist Ryan Trecartin; together they have presented work at Crane Arts (PA) and the Royal Academy of Arts (UK). Her performance group, The Experimental People Band, has performed at the New York Underground Film Festival and many other venues, house parties, and festivals throughout the US.
The commission and exhibition of this piece is supported in part by the Kristy Edmunds Fund for New Work.