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Artist Statement

I focus on the myth of human dominance over nature, our journey from sustainable land practices to the environment under capitalism, and how this has affected our quality of life both physically and mentally. It is stunning how humans have predicted our self-inflicted demise through science fiction while ignoring the real warning signs of actual science. We believe that our technology (which created the mess) will fix the mess; this delusion inevitably leads to the end of civilization in every apocalyptic story. My work explores doomsday imagery found in reality and fantasy with beautiful, terrifying depictions of our current environment and possible future.

Through sculpture and photography, I dramatically express the breakdown of what consumer capitalism is doing to the environment in a way that explores hopelessness, wonder, terror, perversion, and the sublime. Corporate pollution has seeped into every level of the biosphere: the atmosphere, the global water cycle and the metabolisms of every organism. Just like an alien species come to dominate our planet, we have released these toxic forever-substances into our world, and they have consumed it. My artistic journey has led me through the Earth to the furthest reaches of capitalism. From remote landscapes to deep inside the body, I find the infection of greed has poisoned everything. Truly we are a species to behold for we have the power to create or destroy worlds.

Website: elizabethlapides.photoshelter.com

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Artwork by Liz LaPides - Coal Ash
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Digital photograph collage, 2020, found images of North Carolina coal ash pond spills after hurricane Florence, and a burnt landscape in Bonny Doon California. Consequences of fossil fuel from extraction to burning.
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Artwork by Liz LaPides - Toxic Landscape
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Digital photograph collage, 2020, found images of algae blooms, Canadian tar sands and a pristine Scottish Highland landscape. No area of land is safe from pollution.
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Artwork by Liz LaPides - It's Inside Us
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Video animation still, 2020, drone images of Owen’s Lake California, images of damaged skin textures, drone footage and music. What we do to the land we do to ourselves, old industrial scars such as abandoned mines still pollute the world and our bodies today.
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Artwork by Liz LaPides - Earth to Mars
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Digital photograph collage, 2020, Nasa images of the surface of Mars, drone images of highway 1 in California, toxic algae blooms in Lake Eerie. What will we do to the next planet after we kill this one?
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Artwork by Liz LaPides - Invasion of the Microplastics II
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Sculpture and wallpaper installation, 2020, wood, one-weeks’ worth of shredded plastic, resin, Nasa Observatory images of Chernobyl fires, dying Lake Mead, and a dust storm blowing across Australia. Microplastics and toxic chemicals have spread to every part of the earth, throwing a wrench into the cycles of nature.