Elisabeth (Liesl) Schubel is a visual artist and writer born in southern Ontario in 1990 and moved to Chicago in 2001. Liesl received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, with a major in Glass. She has since continued traveling, pursuing opportunities at Pilchuck Glass School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Liesl currently works as an instructor at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, while constantly constructing a body of work centered on questions of stability, presence, and the necessity of purposelessness.
“My intention is to develop a body of sculpture and performance based around the physical, historical, and psychological impact of the phenomenon of gravity. Using glass as a primary medium, my investigations will initiate conversation between fluidity with gravity, resistance against it, and frozen visualizations using a material that both embodies the force and hardens against it. I will use glass in a range of temperatures, focusing specifically on capturing motion, collapse, and disintegration. This will be achieved through glassblowing, hot casting, and kiln work. I will also work extensively with drawing, photography, and video to capture the performance of the processes used.”