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February 11, 2003 to May 4, 2003

Stream of Consciousness: Drawings by Elizabeth Hoak Doering

Third Floor Gallery

Elizabeth Hoak Doering presented a body of work based on her interest in the use of pieces of driftwood chosen from the shores of the Delaware River. In an attempt to reflect its previous use, Doering incorporated the found wood into a larger body of experiments that reactivate the objects as dynamic story-tellers of their own history. Doering used the selected pieces of driftwood to create a version of an automatic writing machine suspended by cables and activated by natural activity in the room (human movement around the work, changes in temperature, air movement). She termed these active works “sculpture drawings” or “kinetographs.” These active objects furthered her interest in the concepts of memory, transformation, substance, and energy. These active projects within the PAA’s Third Floor Gallery was accompanied by finished drawings made by the objects at different sites along the Delaware River.

Doering received her MFA in sculpture from the School for the Arts, Boston University in 1997 and received an MA in arts education at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1991. Her recent solo exhibitions include: On the Edge, Philadelphia Sculptors, Long Beach Island, NJ (2002); Wind in Armenia: New Work, University City Arts League, Philadelphia (2002); Initiation (Pewter + Holy Water), Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia (2002); Midstream: Homage to Change, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art-Community Gallery (2002); Church of Memory, The Monagri Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art Archangelos Monastery, Monagri, Cyprus (2001); Kyklos Gallery, Cyprus (1998); and The USIA American Center, Nicosa, Cyprus (1998). Other group exhibitions include Multiples, Main Line Center for the Arts, Haverford, PA (2000); and Sea@net, Site Installation with Praxis in the Akamas, Cyprus (2000).

Doering was a Fulbright Fellow in Sculpture in 1997 and 1998 in Cyprus. She received at Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Award in 2000. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.