Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland

EL Putnam

A visual artist and scholar working predominately in performance art, video, sound, and interactive media.

Artist Intro

Through her artistic practice, EL Putnam explores hidden histories and emotional experiences, testing the limits of their un-representability. She is drawn to gestures and the kinaesthetic; actions as interlocution, or the forces and relations that interconnect people with places, space, material objects, ideas, and each other. In particular, she probes our gestural relationship to digital technology using wearable electronics in live performance and through the creation of responsive multimedia installations. Treating art events as inherently participatory, her work opens intersubjective spaces that offer multiple conceptual and aesthetic points of entry for the audience. In addition to creating works that are rich in cultural and political meaning, including the biopolitics of motherhood in Ireland, she is interested in how aesthetic pleasure can be used as a critical strategy, or as a means of captivating audiences in order to expose them to provocative ideas.

EL actively presents artworks and performances in the United States and Europe, is a committee member of Bbeyond Belfast, and has been a member of the Boston-based Mobius Artists Group since 2009. Originally from the United States, she currently resides in Co. Louth, Ireland.

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