Elizabeth Thach


My work is focused on material culture. Using humor and metaphor, I explore how humans interact emotionally with an objective external world: the commodity objects they surround themselves with, consume and preserve and the art objects they create. I am also interested in how humans use language and poetry to describe the intangible (feelings, aspirations, the future).

My imagery is informed both by futurist speculation and past (experienced) visual motifs: the video games of the 80s and 90’s, the patterns of the archeological artifact, and Greek and roman ruins. Re-occurring themes include the idea the art object as a stage, or alternately, as a fragment of something larger or a ruin. Always, I seek images that are as simple and obvious as they are strangely incoherent.


"Blue room" painted wall, 2020, oil on canvas, paint on found frame.