Elizabeth Harrison has been involved in aerial arts performance for nearly two years. Aerial arts is comprised of pole fitness, lyra hoop, and aerial silks. Aside from exploring aerial arts as an athlete, Elizabeth uses the unusual body positions and angles of other performers as the inspiration for her visual art pieces. Her art revolves around exploration of capturing a figure portrait in the dynamic and energetic situations found in a performance studio. She is creating artwork for her senior art show that is greatly inspired by fitness enthusiasts, dancers, competitors, and instructors in the Spokane community.
Aerial arts involve in the human body creating extreme yet beautiful forms. The difficulty lies in capturing a single moment that comes from a rapidly moving and contorting figure: what is seen in the final artwork is only a split-second view of the body. The images are situated in a free-floating space that gives a sense of physical stress and involves an interplay of directed tensions from angular postures. The elements of tension add visual weight to her pieces.