Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Group show in Berkeley

I am showing some new braille themed sculptures in the east bay open studios. What is the east bay open studios you might ask? It's a chance to go to the artist's studio and check out where they work, see their tools and chat with them. Over 400 artists are participating. Pick up a free ProArts magazine for a map of the studios. It is going on for two weekends: June 7-8, and 14-15 from 11 am-6pm.

I am showing at a friend's apartment in Berkeley. There will be 5 other artists showing their work in the courtyard.

I hope to see you then!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

WANTED: BART tickets

Hello Everyone,
I am making a business card for me, as a sculptor of reused materials. For the card, I want to print my contact info on a BART ticket. As you know, that is my second home. ;-) If you have any tickets that you don't want because they have 10 cents on them, let me know. I'd love them!!! I am hoping to have a bunch printed for the East Bay open studios, which is in less then 2 weeks.

Thank you for your help!

Friday, May 23, 2008

I won

Thank you to everyone who showed up to the opening night of the spring show. It was really great to see all of you. It was really exciting, watching my peers win awards and cash. I am really happy for them.

For those that couldn't make it, I won best installation. At the show, my mom asked me what is installation art? Basically, it is art that creates an experience in a particular environment. I also won a book about Isamu Noguchi, a bronze plaque, and a $700 check (hello studio rent money). If you didn't get a chance to go to the opening night, don't fret. The show will be up for the next two months.

May 23 – July 25, 2008
(closed Sundays and Holidays)
Academy of Art University
601 Brannan Street (at 5th Street)

San Francisco, CA 94107 ( map )

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

basically a grad

I am basically a grad. I don't have any sculpture classes left. In the fall I just have two business classes then I'll be done with school! I already feel liberated not being a student in a classroom. I am ready to learn from the real world.

What's the plan now? That is the question. Anything I want. But what do I want? I want lots of things. So now I need to decide what I want now and how to get it. I have such a hard time making up my mind, because there are so many things I want to learn, experience, and places to live.

For me it starts with research. I need a game plan. I need an idea of what other people have done so I can learn what worked for them (and what didn't).

I am reading one of the top 25 books that has changed people's lives.

It's called "What color is your parachute?" It's a job hunting book. It's focus is on figuring out your transferable skills that you enjoy the most, so that you can find your dream job. It's made up of lists that give resources (which I love) and these lists are added to my daily to-do list, (which stresses me out). It's all a balancing act of figuring out how much is too much and when it's ok for a break without feeling guilty.

Some of my many ideas of generating income is freelancing as an organizer for artists. I need to research and see what services other professional organizers offer and see if this is something I'd enjoy. While pursuing this organizing business, I'd for sure, continue sculpting and showing my art.

I am also applying to art residencies that award free room and board for artists, so they can create. Some of them even give money for art supplies and have facilities like for ceramics. Residencies can be from 2 weeks to 3 years. I'd be happy with any length of time in just about anywhere in the world.

Right now I am working on organizing a group show of sighted artists who work with Braille. I am in the beginning phase, so I don't have a gallery lined up. If you know of anyone who would be interested (either offering space or contributing art) let me know.

I feel very unfocused. I am constantly reminding myself to stay on track and referring back to what needs to be done. I am hoping, now that I am out of school, I will be happier. I think working in my studio all week, will make up for the much needed alone time to recharge.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

my first juried art show!

I have exciting news!

Two of my braille sculptures where juried into the Academy of Art University's annual spring show. It is a huge show that highlights art from each of the departments.

7pm- 9pm, May 22 · Opening Night

May 23 – July 25, 2008
(closed Sundays and Holidays)

Academy of Art University
601 Brannan Street (at 5th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94107

For a sneak peak of the sculptures, go to my web site: You'll find them on the home page. They are called "Tactile Color" and "Nothing is really White." Or check them out on my blog here and here.


Elizabeth Symington

Monday, May 5, 2008

Nothing is really White

Elizabeth Symington, May 2008

Nothing is really White

wood, furniture nails, found objects

40” x 8” x 61”

Since color can be described by assigning it a texture, that means nothing is really white. The Braille says a name of a color that the object represents, such as yellow for the plastic juicer.

More photos for Tactile Color

After years of saying I wanted to learn to knit and read Braille, I decided last fall to learn them. Using these new skills I have created the first of my Braille series. The sculpture is called “Tactile Color.”By using texture, color can be described to the blind. There is a texture legend where each texture represents one color.

    Tactile Color, 2008

    53″ x 27″ x 20″
    Mixed Media
    Special thanks to Carolina Huerta
    Photos by Luke Goodman

Friday, May 2, 2008


I have 9 images for my portfolio that are cohesive!!! This is so novel to me. It will be so much easier to apply to art residencies, now that my portfolio has enough images.

Today Luke shot for me. The photos will be up soon. This is your sneak peak.

Tomorrow I am applying to a 3 month art residency at McColl Center in North Carolina. It includes room and board, private studio in an old church and a stipend for art supplies. I applied for the fall of 2009. I'd be super excited if I get excepted.