Elizabeth Travelslight

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First name: 
Elizabeth
Last name: 
Travelslight
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Transnationally made and Bay Area born, Elizabeth Travelslight is thirty-three. She is currently on leave from the venerable Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco and is a graduate student with the Digital Arts & New Media MFA Program at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has her MA in Communication with an emphasis in poetry and contemporary philosophy through the European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland and a BA in Mathematics with an emphasis in feminist histories of science, also from UCSC.

My works are primarily concerned with imagined communities and technologies of memory, particularly around practices of knowledge making and knowledge sharing before, beyond, and within the written word. Orchestrating collisions between material and digital media, I hope to continue my explorations of writing and philosophy through conceptual art, curious objects, and installations that demonstrate the possibilities of folk art and craft with contemporary technology. Currently this revolves around feminist intertwinings -literal weavings- of texts and textiles; found furniture; domestic objects; and the use of intricately etched mirrors that playfully introduce unexpected possibilities of sight and subject position. Together, the works endeavor to demonstrate the inherent tensions and libratory potential between remembering and forgetting, knowing and not knowing, holding on and letting go- all towards the re-forging of new paradigms of difference and relationship.

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Exhibitions

Invisible Ingredients
• Rock! Paper! Scissors! Collective, Oakland, CA ...............................................7/09

Fun-A-Day Show
• Queens Nails, San Francisco, CA .......................................................................2/09

Education

University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA ...............................09/08 - Present
• Enrolled: Digital Arts and New Media Program
• Degree in Progress: Master of Fine Arts

European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland ........................................10/05 – 9/08
• Division of Media and Communication
• Degree achieved: Master of Arts with a Major in Communication
• Thesis: A Science of Spaces: Art, Empire, & Being

University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA .......................................9/94 - 6/99
• Degree achieved: Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Mathematics
• Senior Seminar and Thesis: A Feminist-Postmodern Inquiry into the Social Construction of Mathematics
• Honors: College Honors

Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA .............................................9/90 - 6/94
• Degree achieved: High School Diploma
• Honors: Class Salutatorian, Athlete of the Year, Faculty Book Award

Work History

Rainbow Grocery Cooperative Inc., San Francisco, CA ............................ 5/00 - Present
• Board of Directors: Finance management, data analysis, store redesign, public relations, health insurance, environmental law litigation, property acquisition.
• Anti-Oppression Workgroup: Anti-sexism/racism/homophobia workshop development and facilitation, budget and proposal writing.
• Grocery Department: Warehousing, receiving, stocking, customer service, cashiering, scheduling, policy governance.

Meru Foundation, San Francisco, CA ......................................................................3/00 - 5/00
• Model Maker: Cut/assemble geometric paper models for mathematician Stan Kennan.

Herland: The Wanderground, Santa Cruz, CA .................................................11/96 - 5/00
• Bookstore: Data analysis (Excel), business administration, feminist economics, tarot and astrology consultations, book keeping (Quicken), payroll, buying, receiving.
• Café: Food prep, barrista, dishes, cashier, customer service.

Visual Math Institute, Santa Cruz, CA ................................................................... 1/00 - 5/00
• Office Assistant: Database management and Internet research (File Maker Pro).

Lovedog Tattoo and Art Studio, Santa Cruz, CA ..............................................5/99 - 9/99
• Studio Receptionist: Workstation prep, design consultations, front-end reception.

Conferences & Special Activities

Western Regional Worker Cooperative Conference 2007
• Planning Board Member ........................................................................10/05 - 10/07
• Conference Presenter: “Challenges to Democratic Decision Making.” Portland State University, Portland, OR. October 2007.

1st Bay Area Conference of Worker Coops & Democratic Workplaces 2004
• Planning Board Member ..........................................................................5/04 - 10/04
• Conference Presenter: “Institutionalizing Anti-Oppression Training within Worker Coops.” Women’s Building, San Francisco, CA. October 2004.

1st National Conference of Worker Coops & Democratic Workplaces 2004
• Conference Presenter: “Why Anti-Oppression Training is Essential to Workplace Democracy.” University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. May 2004.

911/2000 (A Day of Art & Activism for Mumia Abu Jamal)
• Fundraiser & Event Organizer ...................................................................5/00 - 9/00
• Activities Organizer. Dolores Park, San Francisco, CA. September 2000.

Nub Circus: Burning Man 1998
• Community Organizer: Interior Design, Art Installations, DJ, Host. Black Rock City, NV. September 1998.

Nub Circus: Burning Man 1996
• Community Organizer and Host. Black Rock City, NV. September 1996.

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