Liz Hickok Statement

Artist Statement
Liz states, "I create glowing, jellied scale models of urban sites, transforming ordinary physical surroundings into something unexpected and ephemeral. Lit from below, the molded shapes of the city blur into a jewel-like mosaic of luminous color and volume. The gelatinous material also evokes uncanny parallels with the geological uncertainties of San Francisco’s landscape. While the translucent beauty of the compositions first seduces the viewer, their fragility quickly becomes a metaphor for the transitory nature of human artifacts.

I have always been interested in architectural scale models of cities, and how photography can play with the viewer’s sense of scale, blurring differences between the real city and the constructed one. Once I began building my own model cities out of Jell-O I found that the jiggly, iconic childhood dessert is not only perishable, but also uncontrollable. Each time I take a picture of one of my cityscapes any building may begin to sweat or even liquefy, taking on a new persona.

My constructions often exist only in my studio; however, I occasionally create Jell-O installations, which people can experience directly. While the photographs evoke strange imaginary landscapes, the installations themselves introduce a more physical experience for the viewer involving smell, movement, and the desire to taste. The sculptures eventually decay, leaving the photographs and videos as the only record of their existence."

Television and Radio

Food Network Awards, Play With Your Food Award, April 15, National Coverage
KNXV-TV (ABC) News, January 27, Phoenix, AZ
KSAZ-TV (FOX) News, January 26, Phoenix, AZ
KPNX-TV (NBC) News, January 23, Phoenix, AZ

Offbeat America, Home and Garden Television, December 3, National Coverage
NPR, All Things Considered, April 18, National Coverage
NPR, Talk of the Nation, April 18, National Coverage
CBS Early Show, April 18, National Coverage
SPARK: New American Landscape, April 5, KQED Channel 9, Northern California
KQED, Forum with Michael Krasney, February 15, Northern California

Mobuzz TV, November 17, Web Broadcast

Publications and Catalogs

The Morning Sun, "More than Food," by Nikki Patrick, Pittsburg KS, Front Page and 1C
Get out AZ, "Molded in Jell-O," by Chris Page, January 25, Cover and Pg 6-7
Scottsdale Tribune, "Artist molds tasty Scottsdale," by Lindsay Butler, January 25, Pg A3
The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale Art Breaks the Mold," by Dolores Tropiano, January 25, Front Page and A12
Ripley's Believe It or Not, Special Edition 2007, Pg 19

Discover Silicon Valley, Explore Publishing Inc. December Issue, Pg 8
7x7 San Francisco Magazine, "The Hot List," October Issue, Pg 86
Binvan Vediur, The Israeli Magazine for Architecture and Design, August- September, Pg 34
Scottsdale Tribune, "Scottsdale in Jell-O," by Lindsay Butler, August 28, Pg A3
Hi-Fructose, Volume 3, Pg 6-9
Les Debrouill Arts, Autumn Issue, Pg 4
Bay Guardian, August 9-15, Pg 40
New York Times Style Magazine, The Remix Section, by Michele Gentille, Fall 2006, Pg 24
Harper's Magazine, July Issue, Pg 15
Maxim Russia, June Issue, Pg 24-25
Artweek, "Reconsidered Materials," by Lindsey Westbrook, May Issue, Cover and Pg 25
Maxim UK, "Let's Make Buildings Safe from Terrorists," May Issue, Pg 22
The Examiner, "Watch it Wiggle," by Cindy Chew, San Francisco, April 1-2, Pg 5
Maxim China, April Issue, Pg 24-25
Maxim Hong Kong, April Issue, Pg 25
Popular Science, "FYI- We Answer the Questions that Keep you up at Night," by Michael Moyer and Dawn Stover, April Issue, Pg 89
SF Weekly, "Turn to Jelly: Art with a Healthy Glow," by Hiya Swanhuyser, March 29- April 4, Pg 20 & 23
The New York Times, "In Memory of 1906, a City Shakes Like a Bowl Full of Jell-O," by Patricia Leah Brown, February 5, Pg. 16
Maxim USA,"The Jiggly City," February Issue, Pg 26-27
Oakland Tribune, "Raw Materials," by Monique Beeler, Bay Area Living Section, February 16, Pg 1
Gastronomica, "Shakespearean Jell-O," by Wendy Wall, Winter 2006, Pg 49

San Francisco Magazine, Click Section, December Issue, Pg 41
Valley Courier, "Mapping: ALL Gallery Navigates to New Space with New Show," by Leah Lopez Schmalz, Essex, CT. Dec 29, Pg C-6
Willamette Weekly Article, "The Artist Who Ate San Francisco," by Richard Speer, Portland, OR. October 12
Metro UK, "The Sweets of San Francisco," by Aidan Radnedge, October 26th

Relevance of Observation, (catalog) St. Andrews School, The Warner Gallery, Middletown, DE, Pg 20

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