Artist Liz Harvey’s Works on Display

Photos courtesy Nancy Gordon and Liz Harvey.

Artist Liz Harvey’s Works on Display

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda artist Liz Harvey’s art installation, Shift, is featured as part of the international art show Terrain Biennial 2021, along with artists in Chicago and satellite locations all across the U.S., London and India. Harvey’s piece is up through Nov. 15 at neighbor Nancy Gordon’s home, located at 1021 Union St. in Alameda. Harvey partnered with host Gordon for the installation after meeting through Nancy’s house concert series. Terrain Exhibitions re-purposes private spaces such as front yards, porches or windows and turns them into public spaces to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike.

Harvey has shown her work in galleries, museums, and outdoor sites for more than two decades, with recent exhibitions at Plan-d Gallery, Los Angeles, and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Harvey’s recent artist residencies include the DeYoung Museum and
Artist Liz Harvey’s Works on DisplaySalesforce Park in San Francisco. For her performance projects, she collaborates with choreographers and scientists to engage with queer perspectives and audience participation to offer audiences embodied ways to navigate climate change. Learn more about Harvey’s work at and feel free to follow her on Instagram at liz_harvey_studio.

Harvey explained that her work, Shift, is a textile installation that functions as both a map and a letter to the community that both disorients and reorients viewers. The piece centers on shifts and flux, touching on recurring themes in Harvey’s work of indeterminacy and spaces of the in-between. Shift draws on the history of the shifting shoreline geographies of the city of Alameda, past and future. It also features excerpts of historical correspondence from poet Emily Dickinson to her beloved - and next-door neighbor - Susan Gilbert, as she reaches out to connect across distance with yearning. Dickinson’s letters were everyday correspondence and were often delivered across the lawn from Dickenson house to Gilbert’s house by children.

This year, the Terrain Biennial aims to find spaces of joy and community essential for collective healing in these times of isolation, public reckonings and mourning. Sharing much of the same sentiment as yearbook signatures and pen pal letters, this year’s biennial theme is K.I.T. (Keep In Touch). After more than a year of lockdown, participants are considering how their projects serve communities, encourage lived experiences of art, and facilitate deepening friendships and new connections.

The 2021 Terrain Biennial features more than 250 artist projects. Terrain Exhibitions offers an interactive online map on its website to help art lovers explore biennial sites and plan in-person or virtual visits at