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Platform 2017: Elizabeth Cahill

Elizabeth Cahill

21 - 25 September 2017

Preview: 21 September / 6pm / All welcome


Elizabeth Cahill (born Watford, 1991) studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire. 


My practice questions the dominance of media and social structures and its manipulating effect on the human condition. Working with combinations of unexpected materials, both virgin and found I create sculptures which correspond to representations of identity within popular culture. By activating objects and handmade structures through forms of play and experimentation I aim to create an awkward visual language that disrupts our ideals. I am influenced by the writing of theorists such as Judith Butler and the idea of performative gender. This is a compelling topic for me and one which I am constantly endeavouring to convey in my work. With an understanding of the spatial environment I use placement and process to enable objects to intra-act with one another to form surprising and ambiguous conversations suggestive of psychological content. Combining sculpture and print the work encompasses objects and images, playing with our understanding of two and three dimension. The sculptural instillations often function as a foundation for contrasting materials. Highlighted by a process of collaged abstraction they comprehend associative meaning”.


Past Exhibitions:
Free Range, Trumans Brewery, July 2017

Headlines, University of Hertfordshire, Degree Show, June 2017

Fragments, Courtyard Arts, Jan 2017

Knebworth Sculpture Trail, Knebworth House Aug 2016

Art in Site, Courtyard Arts, Feb 2016

We Live It From The Inside, Art and Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, Jan 2016

Elizabeth will begin her MA at the Royal College of Art in October.



Platform 2017

31 August -

25 September 2017


Four solo exhibitions of exceptional work by graduating students from around the region, selected by MK Gallery from University of Bedfordshire, University of Northampton and University of Hertfordshire. 


One Platform exhibitor will be nominated by MK Gallery for the South East regional Platform Graduate Award, for a chance of winning £2,500 and a twelve month mentoring scheme. 


Platform exhibitors:

Simon Harutyunyan

25 August -

4 September

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Christopher Daubney

7 - 11 September

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Dominyka Barauskaite

14 - 18 September

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Elizabeth Cahill

21 - 25 September

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