Elizabeth Brown

Artist Statement

Various approaches are used by artist and scientist to study forms and surfaces as they seek to explain and define our natural world. They the examine what exist tangibly in an attempt to add to our understanding and our experience of the universe. My interests are in technical and material experimentation, visual analysis and botanical and scientific observation of substructures and surfaces.

Through explorations and investigations into a combination of synthetic and non-traditional materials I exploit their inherent physical qualities, rather than a predetermined composition or plan. I develop mixed media works that culminate from change and progression. My approach to the material is responsive to its innate properties; their viscosity and movement from fluid to solid, their maliability from bending to creasing to breaking, their reaction to heat and their adhesive attributes. The method of the works development becomes its conceptual basis, the building and layering in creation reflects the growth of the natural forms that I am influenced by.

In many of my series I work with the process of creating multiple pieces simultaneously where a convergent evolution in appearance develops. While each is distinct and unique many share similar traits through form, construction and surface qualities. My most recent works mirror elements of existing organic life often creating a tension between the definable and the indefinable.