ELIZABETH ELVART REED
I am a self proclaimed, "visual archaeologist." My drawings and paintings combine unrelated images that explore the relationship between structure and spirit. I create delicate drawings intertwined with abstract natural shapes.
I am inspired by images that loosely connect form to function. For example, a sea shell has a similar function to a plastic bottle or a bird's wing mirrors a wind turbine blade. My imagery flows between the representational and the imaginary, frequently weaving natural elements with remnants of our convenient lifestyle.
My intention is to challenge what you are seeing. The initial attraction to detail surrenders to the question, “why is that there?" Each individual is like an archaeologist, drawing conclusions from unrelated artefacts.
I exhibit locally, nationally and internationally. My work is exhibited with the National Association of Women Artists, FL Chapter, The Boca Raton Museum Artists' Guild, and the Naples Art Association. Recent exhibitions include The 60th All Florida Exhibition, The 49th Founder's Exhibition in Naples and numerous exhibits at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.
I taught drawing, painting and altered books to children, teenagers and adults at The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL as well as drawing at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL and ArtServe in Ft. Lauderdale. Currently, I teach Life Drawing and Painting at The Boca Raton Museum School and from my Studio Blueye.
I studied painting and printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned my BFA in Illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. I study life drawing and painting with Steven Assael of NYC once a year. I was responsible for starting the Masters program that offers Assael workshops once a year at the Boca Raton Museum School.
Greater Ft. Lauderdale Sister Cities International approached me in 2010 to collaborate with our sister city, Gold Coast City, in a cultural exchange web site. I was responsible for selecting artists in the disciplines of Visual Art, Music, Performance, Dance and Writing that exemplified our unique cultural identity. You may access the result on Gold Coast CityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cultural exchange web site.
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