Aug 28 2021
Elizabeth Chiles | Time Being

Elizabeth Chiles | Time Being

Presented by grayDUCK Gallery at grayDUCK Gallery

Time Being is a body of photographs and photographic collages I made during the Covid pandemic. Likely caused by the horrific mistreatment of animals in an unregulated meat market, the pandemic raises questions about the pace of our lives and the damage that we do by separating ourselves from the rest of nature. These questions inform the making of the work in Time Being, which embraces rest, recovery, and the fabric of communities during a time when I found that tuning in more deeply and caring for the ecosystem right around me – one that includes my family, gardens, creeks, neighbors, animals and myself – offered me a sense of peace and purpose, and a closer view of what a more sustainable future might look like.

Every day I take a walk, sometimes multiple times a day, along an arroyo in my neighborhood.  During the pandemic the walk and time on the arroyo became even more significant as the thread that connects my home and life to those in our neighborhood community.

The long wall at grayDUCK mirrors the shape of the arroyo and in preparing for the show, I began to think of the show as a walk itself. The exhibition, Time Being, can be seen as a walk, slow and meandering, through a series of repeated forms that came in and out of view on my walks and do the same in the exhibition.

Walk, dream, remember, constellate, connect.

Bio: Born in Austin and raised in Houston, Texas, Elizabeth graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been widely exhibited, including Over Time, a solo exhibition at Pump Project nominated for best solo show in Austin 2015–2016, 15 to Watch at the Austin Museum of Art (now The Contemporary Austin) in 2011, The Texas Biennial in 2011, and in 2013 with the collective Lakes Were Rivers, and The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, organized by Humble Arts at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Her exhibition Weave at grayDUCK Gallery earned her a nomination for Best Artist in the 2017–2018 season.

Elizabeth taught theory and photography at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Southwestern University for six years. She served on the Board of Trustees and was co-chair of programming at the Austin Center for Photography from 2008–2015, and has served as a mentor to several young artists and a juror on a number of grants and awards panels. She is the recipient of City of Austin arts grants from 2014–2021.

Admission Info


Phone: 5128265334


Dates & Times

2021/08/28 - 2021/08/28

Additional time info:

Opening Saturday, August 28, 7-10pm (masks required indoors)

Exhibition Dates: August 28 – October 3, 2021

Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-6 or by appointment

Location Info

grayDUCK Gallery

2213 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST, Austin, TX 78702

Parking Info

Street parking and 2 parking spots behind the building are available.