Tipping Point
American Art Collector|September 2020
Tipping Point
For 25 years, Elizabeth Turk has been creating emptiness.

Today she is creating form from the formless. With finer and finer tools, she carved discarded blocks of marble to reveal the blocks’ interior spaces, delicate filigrees that recall its once fluid state. “My marble sculpture emphasizes what is not there,” she explains, “that which no longer exists.”

In the midst of creating her work she has witnessed her native California erupt into flames. “Fire invades our beings with its smells, cracked air, itchy eyes, fear and, above all else, the change it leaves behind. The charred, barren, vast acreage lends an indelible intensity to our loss,” she says. “It is quiet. The wind is different. Ash is our new soil. The air holds the memory of every sound that is no longer there.”


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September 2020