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Statement

I like to imagine that when primitive man first desired to visually represent the world around himself/herself the first mark that was made was a horizon line. This notion has always intrigued me, and I often consider how it might impact the way an artist constructs or thinks about paintings.
My current work is a manifestation of fields, horizon lines, objects and spaces from the natural world around me. They are studies and reflections on what has been explored in paintings made before mine. The depth of the work is in composing spaces that are reflections of interesting elements in landscapes, interiors and artifacts in my environment both natural and man-made. I am interested in creating a painting through which the viewer can navigate; while also suggesting colors and shapes that allude to the spaces and landscapes in which we live.

 

I am also deeply interested in the history and the process of painting as a part of the meaning and concept of my work. The contrast between contemporary life and a medium that connotes history, ancestry, space and time is very exciting to me. I find this to be the most thrilling part of making paintings in this technologically advanced culture.

 

Elizabeth Diaz-Depew

Elizabeth Diaz Depew currently lives and works in Lafayette, Indiana. She received her bachelor degree from Purdue University in Fine Art and Master’s of Fine Art degree in Studio in Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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