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Biography: Eliza Au

Eliza Au - Work in Progress during the Emerging Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School, 2011 (Photo by Marzena Krzeminska)
Eliza Au

Eliza Au is interested in how systems work and how they relate to symmetry, repetition and scale. Her work is about using modules based on polygon forms to form a whole. The design on each module contributes to pattern of the entire piece and may combine slipcast ceramics, metal, glass, paper, and wax. Using this method, she works with the mandala and the grid to express ideas about sacred space.

Au obtained her degrees from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has completed residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Greenwich House Pottery, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. She has taught at various institutions including The University of Iowa, the Alberta College of Art and Design, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

During her April 2010 residency, Au created a glass carpet entitled the Fragility of Belief, referring both to the transparency of glass and the religious idea of believing without seeing.