Elizabeth Willing’s practice examines gastronomy and the collective experience of food. Drawn to food for its accessibility and all encompassing role within life, Willing has come to explore the personal, public and political discourses surrounding the fundamental product. Interested in the structural limits of food she works across the studio and kitchen to manipulate these materials with a variety of traditionally informed and obscure techniques. She often switches between embracing and removing foods primary function. Her practice examines the masculine and feminine roles inherent in food preparation alongside the role of the automated machine, highlighting the desires and failings of the respective makers. Willing’s practice takes various forms including sculpture, installation, performance, and dining events.
Elizabeth Willing is an Australian visual artist. In 2009 she completed her honours in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at Queensland University of Technology. Between 2008 and 2013 Elizabeth Co-Directed Accidentally Annie St Space; a Brisbane Artist Run Initiative.
Elizabeth has been awarded an Australia Council Artstart grant, the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship (2013), a JUMP mentoring Scholarship (2010), and the Melville Haysom Scholarship through QAGOMA (2010). Her work has been commissioned for Museum of Brisbane public art projects including Platform and Hutton Lane Lightboxes. In 2012 Elizabeth was Artist in Residence at Metro Arts Brisbane and her work has been featured in the Institute of Modern Arts (IMA) 2010 ‘Fresh Cut’ exhibition.
Elizabeth has undertaken professional development work experience in New York with Janine Antoni (2011), with the Experimental Food Society in London (2012) and then with Thomas Rentmeister in Berlin (2014). In July 2014 began the 12 month Australia Council Artist in Residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien.