Women, Art and Technology: Ornament and Adornment

Curated by Eliza Au

Works by Eliza Au, Mary A. Johnson, Liz Trosper, Julie Libersat, Naomi Peterson, Jihye Han and Lara Asam

Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation Gallery

On view November 5 – December 11, 2021

Exhibition Statement

This exhibition brings together a group of women artists who create ornament through digital means. Each artist uses ornament in different ways to achieve different means. The goal of this exhibition is to challenge the stereotype that men and technology go hand in hand; and that women in current times are using these tools to create art that speaks to their own experiences, views, and values. By bringing together interdisciplinary artists and artists from different artistic fields, what is revealed is a cross-section of how and why technology is used in each individual’s art practice.

Artists Panel Premieres Monday, November 15th at 12 p.m.

Artist Biographies

Axis, 2012 24 in. x 24 in. x 24 in. Ceramic, metal pins, wax

Eliza Au


Eliza Au is originally from Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Artist residencies she has attended include Greenwich House Pottery (NYC, NY), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), and the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY). She has taught in Canada, United States and internationally at various institutions including the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Alberta College of Art and Design, Monmouth College, The University of Iowa and the Alfred-CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) Program in Beijing, China. Au is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of North Texas. Arts Fort Worth has asked artists to share books that have inspired and influenced their art careers. Here are this artist's picks: Owen Jones, The Grammar of Ornament, New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.,1972

Michael Hann, Symbol, Pattern & Symmetry: The Cultural Significance of Structure, London: Bloomsbury, 2013

Heartthrob, 2019 Duration: 2:42 Video

Mary A. Johnson


Mary A. Johnson received her MFA from the State University of New York in 2013. She has shown her work globally including the New York Hall of Science, the Nekrasov Library in Mos

cow, and multiple art centers and museums in China. Her work has been in group exhibitions juried by Jerry Saltz and Garth Johnson, and collected by the Shanghai Art Collections Museum. Additionally, her work has been included in multiple international publications, including Rebeka Elizegi’s book Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists, sold in bookstores globally such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. Her studio practice emphasizes the unstable and unreliable.

Touchscreen, 2021 5 in. x 2.8 in. AR mural

Liz Trosper


Liz Trosper is an artist-educator based in Dallas, Texas. She is currently Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. Trosper is an interdisciplinary scholar, writer, curator and former urban planner as well as an internationally exhibited artist, having representation by the DANAE HI digital art network with Laffy Maffei gallery in Paris and exhibitions with the CICA museum in South Korea and the Artron network in China. Her artwork is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas and was recently included in a survey of abstraction at The San Antonio Museum of Art.

Lara Asam


Lara Asam has a background in Metalsmithing and Sculpture. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, with a double concentration in Metalsmithing and Sculpture, at the University of Texas El Paso. She is a currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of North Texas. Asam has taught a variety of courses at UNT including Introductory Metalsmithing and Jewelry, and 2D and 3D Design foundational courses. Asam’s studio practice focuses on combining metalsmithing, textile, and digital fabrication techniques.

Julie Libersat


Julie Libersat (b. 1981, Tiruvalla, India) is an intermedia artist and educator whose work explores concepts of home, transportation, and belonging. Her work reflects on the ways that technology mediates our experiences navigating and inhabiting the built environment. Her interactive video installations and digitally fabricated sculptures have been exhibited at Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, TX, Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico, Currents International New Media Festival and supported through grants including a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, 2014 CADD Fund, and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Velma Daviz Dozier Travel Grant. Libersat’s research on art education, locative media and spatial theory was published in the 2016 issue of Studies in Art Education. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Design, and Technology at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.

Hugging, 2021 12 in. x 48 in. x 60 in. Red stoneware cone 4, hand-knit plastic cord, hand felted wool, laser cut wood

Naomi Peterson


Naomi Peterson creates hand-built ceramic objects to inspire intentionality that highlight the importance of human connection. She uses clay to contemplate psychological and anthropological aspects of personal and universal experiences. Naomi creates forms that merge sculpture and function to analyze the diverse facets of the contemporary and historical relationship we have with intoxicants. Her recent works examine the enigmatic nature of alcohol and social drinking.

Journey to the West, 2021 30 in. x 30 in. Porcelain

Jihye Han


Jihye Han’s sculpture explores spatial relationships through ceramic objects and found materials. Her work bridges the

gap between people and their environment by constructing abstract narratives with familiar materials and interactive aspects. Her installations examine the duality between and the tangible and intangible into constructions of substantial shape, form and space.