Elizabeth Hansen was born in 1968 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and spent her childhood in a conservative agricultural small town. After 20 years in New York and Paris, she now lives in a village in Switzerland, halfway between Geneva and Lausanne, halfway between the lake and mountains.
After an undergraduate degree in Art History and Economics and a brief career in arts administration followed by an apprenticeship as a photographer’s assistant, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Elizabeth Hansen works in a variety of media including photography, performance, video, and installation. The immediacy of photography and video and their capacity to seemingly stop, destroy, or revisit time were what first drew her to these art forms. A desire for a more immediate and tactile expression led her to more sculptural and non-media installations in recent work.
Her work has been exhibited in New York, Belgium, and France and is in private collections in Belgium, France, Italy, and the United States.