Elizabeth McTernan is a contemporary artist who has performed artistic research on both land and sea — referencing North America, Europe, Russia, Central and South East Asia, and India, in her travels. McTernan describes that she processes these experiences with actions, installations, drawing, printmaking, text, and artist books. The craving for variety is evident in McTernan’s life, where she has moved from living in Brooklyn to Yosemite National Park, to Japan and to Vietnam, before residing in her current home, in Berlin, Germany. McTernan has participated at a number of artist residencies including Ars Bioarctica in Finnish Lapland (2017), Nida Art Colony in Lithuania (2015), Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Ireland (2014), and Statens Værksteder for Kunst in Copenhagen (2013). She has spoken at events such as the Territory symposium at CLB Berlin (2019), the Radical Relevances conference at Aalto University, Helsinki (2018), Hypernatural Sounds as part of Transmediale 2017 in Berlin, and symposiums in Nida (LT), Reykjavik (IS), Riga (LV), and Poznan (PL). She has co-authoured a paper recently published in the MIT Press Leonardo Music Journal, and she is a member of the award-winning cultural association >top e.V. in Berlin.
BFA in General Sculptural Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA
Artist residency at TækkerAIR Aarhus, at Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, Aarhus, Denmark, TBA 2020 Wayward Cartographies: Narratives of Berlin, at CLB Berlin, Germany, January 2020 (group show)