Her work is built upon studies of natural patterns and systems strong enough to translate into delicate stone matrices. Each piece is created over 2-4 years, and the fragility of this lattice work emphasizes the paradox inherent in the material. Using contemporary tools such as diamond bits, dental tools and CNC machines, she brings a historical medium into 21st century artistic dialogue. Inspired by rhythms of motion, patterns of growth and construction of emotion, she translates patterns of thought into forms engineering each sculpture.
Elizabeth has been awarded numerous honors for her work, named MacArthur Fellow and a Barnett & Annalee Newman Foundation Fellow, and awarded a Joan Mitchell grant and the New York City Art Commission Award for Excellence. Elizabeth Turk is represented by Hirschl & Adler Modern of New York.