Elizabeth is a Brighton-based artist making paintings and papier-mache sculptures inspired by nature. After graduating from Falmouth College of Art in 2003 she has steadily been building up a career in the South East, setting up Crescent Studios with a colleague and winning the MADE Art Prize in 2009. Her delightful sculptures playfully explore space, while her paintings radiate an unfolding, ethereal stillness rooted in an earthy reality. There is a sense of timelessness, of being drawn in, and surrounded by growing things, light, and depth.
A contemporary artist, part of a long tradition of British landscape painting, Elizabeth spends much of her time outdoors, walking, and absorbing rural landscapes. The sensations and compositions she finds in these places are relayed to the studio, where the slow process of building up the paintings takes place. She finds a parallel between the activity of painting and the meditative effects of long distance walking, a state of simultaneous presence and absence.
Working both intuitively and more consciously, a balance is sought between coherence and intangibility within the subject, the process, and the paint itself. This balance is also played out in the composition of a painting, between shadow and light, ground and sky, physicality and transcendence, growth and decay. Each piece will develop gradually through a process of building up a variety of oil glazes and brushstrokes. The image will emerge and dissolve, become embedded in itsí own history, finally settling somewhere on the edge of becoming.