A catastrophic flood swept through artist Elizabeth Wing's hometown several years ago. The event inspired her series of interconnected abstract figures. "I was struck by how an event like that is a great equalizer," she says. Elizabeth's art career stems from a longtime love for creating and a curiosity to learn new processes. In college, she studied ceramics. More recently, she taught herself photographic intaglio and later began painting. As an autodidact, Elizabeth continually seeks out new techniques and materials to apply to her painting concepts. Today, she creates from a home studio where she works in silence, explaining that painting is her meditation. In her free time, she maintains a 40-acre property in Oregon with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. "It keeps us busy!" Elizabeth says with a smile.
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About The Artist
My work explores our similarities and our differences. It explores the human experience and how that connects us, unlike any other species. When everything is stripped away, except for what's underneath, only then do we find truth. My work speaks to community, division, and ultimately, the strength of connection - the necessity of connection.
Painting exposes the flaws of humanity and how we have evolved our societies, yet it celebrates our similarities. There is sometimes tension, and always beauty and strength. My intent is to pull the viewer in to translate their own human experience into what they see and feel. I prefer to leave most of the interpretation up to the viewer and guide the thought process through the placement of the figures. Are they touching? Are they separate? Are they leaning toward each other, or away? The subtleties are powerful in the way they inform the viewer.
Many layers of bold and sometimes cautious marks are symbolic of the layers upon layers that are our human existence. Some layers we cover but many move with us informing our experiences and how we react to them. All of our experiences come with us and inform our future. Some we work hard to leave behind, while others we celebrate.
In the end, all of humanity inhabits these human bodies and as such, we are inextricably linked through our human experience.
Humboldt State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1994