Elizabeth Cote is a transdisciplinary artist with a substantive background in craft and material processes. Her background in moldmaking and casting has evolved into a drive to create work founded in material exploration and process. Cote engages the mythologies embedded in those materials and their histories. She is influenced by texts on the phenomenology and resulting effects on psychology that architecture and materials have on people. Like the materials Cote uses in her work, she soaks up her environmental conditions, observing and replying to serendipitous events in her studio while investigating the ways space and its contents affect the mind-body; the sodium light cast through her windows at night, local building materials, abandoned traditional materials. This is seen in Cote’s use of scale and ephemerality to engage transitory spaces where the mind-body blurs and established material hierarchies collapse.
The work of Elizabeth Cote blurs and collapses boundaries by holding process and product as equals. It exists amongst decisions that are intuitive, responsive, reactive, and cultivated. Her work explores these concepts in its use of sensitive materials: gelatin, felt, vegetable tannins, natural latex, and steel wool, materials which change over time in relation to environmental conditions. Cote’s work manifests sensation, creating an embodiment of tangible and intangible inputs. Her work is a vessel made from and made to hold both mind and emotion, it is a reflection of body/being, it is corporeal and ever-changing.