Elizabeth Demaray

  

I am a sculptor whose area of enquiry is the interface between the built and the natural environment. In this vein, I make listening stations for birds that play human music, fabricate alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs from artificial materials, and build light-sensing robotic supports for houseplants. This last endeavor, titled The IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving, entails creating moving floraborgs that utilize machine learning to allow potted plants to roam freely in a domestic environment in search of sunlight and water (https://vimeo.com/90457796).

I earned a BA in cognitive psychology and an MFA in art practice from UC Berkeley and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. I am the recipient of the National Studio Award from the New York Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. Currently, I am an associate professor of fine arts and head of the sculpture concentration at Rutgers University, Camden. On the Rutgers, New Brunswick, campus, I am a work group advisor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and a co-founder of the DigiHuman Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science, which is dedicated to supporting artistic practice in the fields of computer vision and machine learning.

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