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Artist Elizabeth Gilfilen

Elizabeth Gilfilen

Brooklyn, NY, USA


American, b. 1974   —   These new paintings began last year as I became interested in evoking more with less. They represent a departure for me from the more tangled, aggressive masses of my older works. Over time, the frantic energy of making something is settling and I find it more challenging and rewarding to create complexity through sparseness. Operating in a notational way, each mark or blob of color acts like a kind of cleansing or antidote to the congestion of the last few years. I feel my way through the painting and deep into the memory of place. Last summer I was spending more time looking at the light, especially the reflected greens and blues of the Catskills. I felt affinity with the serrated leaf-forms of weeds and wildflowers. I have always found peace in the slopes of the mountains and wanted to find ways to represent the cocoon of a valley, and how it imprints on the psyche as I visit it again and again. I reconstruct this all in the work with the searching line; through touch and with the knowledge of the body. Beth Gilfilen has shown her work widely and presented solo exhibitions at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY. She will attend the Golden Foundation for the Arts on a residency this fall, and was awarded fellowships from Yaddo, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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