Elizabeth Ann Day
BA (Hons) Fine Art // DJCAD ’18
Elizabeth is a contemporary artist from Fife, currently based in Dundee. Within her practice she aims to understand and analyse fads of the 1990s and 2000s. In the past this interest has led to works about pop star memorabilia, collectible plates and more recently sticker albums (such as those produced by PANINI). This develops into large scale installations and publications which scrutinise the amount of time and money we spend in an attempt to reach completion.
Many of the trends investigated in Elizabeth’s work relate to her own upbringing, watching shopping channels and reading Shout magazine in suburban West Fife. The connection of the area to brutalism, Bauhaus and ultimately New Towns has a growing link to her practice as she connects an interest in ‘instant collectibles’ to an insular community.
“My practice has been primarily led by intense research into collecting, and its relationship therefore to mass production and consumerism. With this supportive theoretical base, I have been able to construct a body of artwork investigating the fad known as instant collectibles. The companies commanding this market label their products as ‘collectible’. Yet they are not unique, they are not precious, and they are certainly not worth what the consumer pays for them. It is this deception that inspires my work as I duplicate this imagery. In doing so, I hope to toe the line between commercialisation and fine art, ultimately educating the viewer about the misleading nature of corporations in the ‘collectible’ market”.
This image is taken from the front cover of a 12 page zine constructed in July 2019 with imagery found in W.I.T.C.H. magazine, published in the UK until January 2009. The zine can be viewed for free from the artist’s website. Physical versions are available for £4 each (the original magazines price in the UK, adjusted for inflation) and come with a free gift of PANINI stickers from the 2009 W.I.T.C.H. sticker album of the same name.
Throughout her studies and beyond graduation, Elizabeth has immersed herself in numerous projects – including co-founding Flat181 Art Space, the DJCAD Zine Library and Volk Gallery, to name just a few. In addition to her role as a curator for the latter, she is also currently an editor for windfall* and both a freelance designer and Young Peoples Collective member for the V&A in Dundee. She has exhibited her work in a number of galleries throughout Scotland, as well as England and Finland. Earlier this year she was awarded both the Young Scot Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund, and the Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award’s Emerging Artist Bursary.
Digital collage and zine
21 x 29.7 cm
£4 per issue
Erasmus+ Exchange focussing on Fine Art, The University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.
2014 – 2018
BA (Hons) Fine Art, First-Class Honours, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
Grooop Wooosh, Wooosh Gallery, Dundee.
GEN-TRS, The Royal Standard, Liverpool.
Annual Members’ Show 2020, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
Salon des Refusés: Members Show 2020, EMBASSY, Edinburgh.
The Collage Garden: Dundee, University of Dundee Botanic Garden, Dundee.
DJCAD Graduate Residents: Open Studios, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
RSA New Contemporaries 2019, Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh.
Annual Members’ Show 2019, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
swing it, shake it, move it, make it: who do u think u r?, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
SAVE THE GRADUATE, Dock Street Studios.
Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show 2018, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
DJCAD Zine Library, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
Ephemera, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
Annual Members’ Show 2018, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
Annual Members’ Show 2017, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
Adaptation Charting, The University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland .
Full Time, Flat181 Art Space, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Half Time, Flat181 Art Space, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Art Film Night, Flat181 Art Space, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Art in a Built Environment, The University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Aberdour Art Festival, Aberdour, Fife.
Duality, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
Annual Members’ Show 2016, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
Advanced Higher Portfolios, Tramway, Glasgow.
2018 – 2019
Graduate Resident & Associate Staff Member, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.
Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund, Young Scot.
Emerging Artist Bursary, Visual Arts and Craft Makers Award: Dundee.
Notes From Past Committee Members, GENERATORprojects.
TRS – GEN: ARTIST EXCHANGE W/ GENERATOR PROJECTS, The Royal Standard.
Annual Members’ Show Preview, Creative Scotland.
ZINE LIBRARY, V&A Dundee Annual Members Newsletter.
Spotlight: Elizabeth Ann Day on Collecting, Consuming and Post-Uni Life, Creative Dundee.
New Artist, Chainworks Dundee.
Featured Artist, The Collage Garden.
YPC Social Takeover, V&A Dundee.
Generator Projects’ Hari Macmillan, Charis Edward Wells and Lizzie Day at Assembly Dundee, a-n The Artists Information Company.
Featured Photographer, art portal.
Why Stickers?, The John Byrne Award.
Swing it, Shake it, Move it, Make it (who do u think u r?), Creative Dundee.
RSA New Contemporaries 2019, Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture.
Co-founder, DJCAD Zine Library.
Artist Profile, The Graduate Mag.
New Contemporaries accolade for artists and architect, University of Dundee.
Artist Profile, Dock Street Studios.
Save the Graduate, Creative Dundee.
Instagram Story, Creative Dundee.
Instagram Post, a-n The Artists Information Co.
Instagram Post, Embassy Gallery.
Dundee Degree Show 2018: Brilliantly bizarre, The Skinny.
Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show 2018, University of Dundee.
Response to Bow Gamelan Ensemble, Cooper Gallery.
A Visit to Glasgow Women’s Library, The Magdalen.
See You, Lucerne, The Magdalen.
All the things you know to be true if you’ve lived in Lapland, The Tab.
2018 – Present
2015 – Present
Co-Founder & Curator, Volk Gallery.
Freelance Designer, V&A Dundee.
2018 – Present
Visitor Assistant, V&A Dundee.
2018 – 2020
Co-chairperson & Committee Member, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.
2017 – Present
Young Peoples Collective Member, V&A Dundee.
2017 – 2019
Co-Founder/Custodian, DJCAD Zine Library, Dundee.
Co-Founder, Flat181 Art Space, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Volunteer, Cupar Arts, Cupar, Fife.
2015 – 2016
Gallery Attendant, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.