Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grouped exhibition: Elizabeth Nelson

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We are very pleased to have Elizabeth Nelson exhibit some works within the Grouped exhibition.  Elizabeth last showed works at Town Hall Gallery for the Re-invent, Re-interpret, Re-make exhibition in 2010.  Back then her work were grand and very large scaled.  For the Grouped exhibition, she has provided us with some smaller and more intimate works that are very beautiful.  Some of her collages on wood are reminiscent of mosaic, with the small pieces of paper replacing tiles and the wood underneath playing the part of grout.

They are definitely works not to miss!  We asked Elizabeth some questions about her art practice and what inspires her:

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from?
I am an emerging artist based in Melbourne. I grew up in Geelong and from an early age I loved painting and colour. My love of art and history led me to pursue both at university and now I have my sights firmly set on an art career.

How would you describe your work? What materials do you work in?
Currently I am experimenting with imaginative representations of landscape, created from remembered observation, chance and imagination. I like to allow a lot of room for a work to take different directions during its making, so each work is a journey into the unknown. For the past few years I have been using paper collage combined with other media.

What attracted you to work in the medium that you do?
Using paper collage came about from preparing cardboard collagraph plates when I studied printmaking. I found the plates beautiful in themselves. This led to using cardboard as a primary medium and this in turn evolved into using paper. As my collection of paper grew so did my collage resource. However, I am now focussing on paint as my primary medium.

What achievement are you most proud of to date?
Being prepared to give up other worthy pursuits so I can focus on my art.

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If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be and why? Who inspires you?
X de Medici. Her watercolour works are brilliant and I’d like to see how she goes about them. I am inspired by lots of different artists both past and present. I like reading about how artists of any type have created their careers, such as Dali and the writer Vera Brittain.

What's your work practice like? Do you work in a studio/home? What gets you in the mood to create?
I rent a studio so on my art days I go there in the morning, have a coffee and do a bit of reading, then begin work. The coffee is important in getting me going. Then the work itself gets me in the mood and ideas start to come.

Is there a soundtrack to your creativity? Do you have music or silence?
Sometimes I work in silence, other times with music. There is no particular soundtrack.

What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?
Hopefully greater appreciation of the visual world and of its beauty, and interest in seeing things in new ways.

Where do you want to be in 10 years time? What's your dream?!
I want to be working full-time as an artist and to be exploring my art to its fullest.

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