Liz Rywelski (1980) NY, USA


I produce performances that embody and point to inter-related ideas on Identity– how buying makes me who I imagine myself to be.
Shopping is my practice and buying is my process.
My products resemble the goods, services, and bi-products of consumption and they are collectively titled metaconsumer.


A metaconsumer is a person who uses consumption as a means to comment on or question consumption.
Metaconsumer’s self-consciously assemble the goods, services, performativities, and representations– language, image, and data– of consumption.
Metaconsumer’s transform their assemblages into aestheticized and/or politicized objects, concepts, and/or activities that redirect
and reorient the participants understanding of, and relationship to, consumption and the world(s) it creates.


The images, texts, and links collected here are representations of metaconsumer.
Products can be seen and/or experienced by scheduling a studio visit, attending an exhibition, participating in a performance, and by arranging a purchase or commission.

Featured Works:

PORTRAITS series (2002-2010); THE SEPTA LETTERS (2002-2004); THE GIVEAWAY (2003); MONEY ME (2008); TIME SHARE (2009); THE RE-GIFT (2010); SUITE 6 (2011); SOFT-SCI FICTION(2010); FLOWER ONE (2011); RETURN POLICY series (2011-2014) ; POP UP SHOPS (2011-2014); SOCIAL SERVICE MERCHANDISE (2011); HAND HELD SHOPPER (2012); UNTITLED (2013), CHECKOUT (2013); and RETURN POLICY exhibition (2013); MALL WALK (2013)

Select exhibitions:

RETURN POLICY, University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery; LIKEARTBASEL, curated by Ryder Ripps at Workshop Collective, Miami FL; Suite 6 Portraits Series, presented by Dis Magazine, April 2011; Getting Closer: intimacy in the digital age, curated by Lindsay Howard at Fe Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh PA; Little Warsaw, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia PA; Vernacular Spectacular, keynote by John Waters at UPENN; and exhibiting internationally with Space 1026 Art Collective in P4 Urban Edge, Milan Italy; , 96 Gillespie, London UK; and independently in the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Istanbul, Turkey, and Tehran, Iran.


MFA University at Buffalo
BFA Moore College of Art and Design.

Currently lives and works in Buffalo, NY USA.





cover image from Suite 6 in collaboration with Logan White Photography.