Elizabeth Smith is an activist, visual artist and performance designer. She received her bachelor's degree in Physics from the State University of New York at SUNY Geneseo and is currently an MFA candidate at CalArts in both Performance Design and Art & Technology. The discipline of Science and of Art are not disparate: in each the practitioner is driven to observe the world and strives to describe it in a language that resonates.
Eli is committed to social change and her community work has focused on areas of economic inequality, affordable housing, gender inequality, mental illness and homelessness. She served as both an Americorps member and an employee at Henry Street Settlement House in NY. She was a founding member of the Mastic Beach Jubilee Center, a nonprofit dedicated to providing disaster relief to local communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Eli has been a volunteer mentor and tutor at local libraries and community centers across the country and has worked professionally as both a tutor and as a personal aide. Teaching is a part of her practice and she views art-making as a community act.
Eli was recognized at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial for both her 2014 performance art piece “For Your Inspection” and her 2014 stage design for California Repertory Theater’s “Next to Normal.” Her most recent productions include Lew Klahr's 2017 experimental film "Hearse," and Edgar Arcenaux's 2016 performance art piece “Until, Until Until…” which continues to tour. Eli is currently working with Nataki Garrett on the devised work “The Carolyn Bryant Project,” which will open at RedCat in May of 2018. Her installation "Within & Without" will appear at The Box Gallery in June of 2018.