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Eliza Twichell

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Eliza Twichell, a painter for decades, now makes automata– 3D moving mechanical devices made in imitation of human beings, animals, or anything that moves.


Previous automata sculptures she has created include a leaping mermaid followed by fish, dogs and cats, plumbers, murders, clouds and wind, and leaning creatures at a bus stop, and Adam and Eve on inner tubes.


Both playful and serious, part engineering, part psychology, Eliza’s automata try to capture slices of the human experience.


This installation for Axle Contemporary represents the first life sized automata she has made, and visitors to the installation will have the opportunity to incorporate themselves in to the artwork.


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E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah
Axle Contemporary at the Navajo Nation Museum

Window Rock, Arizona
July 12, 2017 – May, 2018


Opening Reception: July 12, 5–7 pm

Exhibition Dates: July 12, 2017 - January 31, 2018

The Navajo Nation Museum

Highway 264 & Post Office Loop, Window Rock, AZ 86515


In September 2016, artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman traveled to the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas to create the third project in the ongoing series E Pluribus Unum. These projects use their Axle Contemporary mobile art gallery as a photographic portrait studio. Over the course of two weeks, they created over 800 studio portraits. One copy of each was distributed to each participant; another was pasted to the exterior of the gallery-studio. A book was later published with all of the portraits, essays by the artists and by Navajo Nation Museum director Manuelito Wheeler, and a poem by Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe. The Navajo Nation Museum will exhibit all of the black and white portraits, images of the artists at work, and a life-size photograph of the mobile portrait studio.

More info here.

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