Cooler Gallery

Eliza Stamps


October 3-27, 2017

Opening 10/3, 7-10pm

Life is a beautiful mess, chaotic and lovely. I am fascinated by moments of unexpected beauty—tangled wires winding through the landscape; the choreography of proteins underneath a microscope. My drawings reference all of this haphazard elegance, both within ourselves and the larger world.

My work is also simply a meditation on the evocative quality of line, an investigation now over a decade in the making. I am interested in how much information and emotion can be communicated, devoid of color or representation. I have a single parameter: one line, followed continuously until the composition is complete. 

I work slowly and methodically, building tiny narratives as the line winds its way across the page. Each loop is scrutinized while I work to understand the larger picture I am creating. The push and pull of darkness and light, emptiness and fecundity vacillates, constantly presenting new problems to be solved. 

I have long-winded treatises on sociologic and philosophical principles the underlay this work but the truth is, I don’t believe this is important. I would like the viewer to have their own discoveries, unfettered by grandiose explanations that may or may not be evident. Instead, I want to make bold assertions with a single chord that evoke ideas that I could never imagine. 

Eliza Stamps is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her artistic practice ranges from drawing to performance, all with an interest in facilitating introspection and discovery for the viewer. She has exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally, including Von Lintel Gallery and Tiger Strikes Asteroid in New York, The Wand in Berlin, Germany and the 1961 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She is an Artist-in-Residence at EpiBone, a biotechnology company based in Brooklyn, creating drawings from life for the first time in her career. She completed her first novel this year, a reimagining of Camus’ The Stranger, and is currently looking for an agent. Finally, in tandem with her show at Cooler Gallery, she has collaborated with fashion designer Kathy Kemp on capsule collection of dresses in textiles created from her drawings.