I have always been interested in the domestic as an underlying motif for my work. During this time of self-isolation – I’ve returned “home” once again. (I have been looking at the same rooms for several weeks.) The rooms (and even the still lifes) in my work upon first impressions may seem cozy, warm, inviting and sometimes whimsical, but often also evoke the feeling of being trapped within the home. I am sure many of us have experienced a sense of anxiety and claustrophobia in this strange time. I am a big fan of the work of Edouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940); his domestic scenes have heavily influence my work.
These collages are made with paper painted with gouache. I began using this medium after seeing an exhibition of Matisse’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams: His Art and His Textiles https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2005/matisse-textiles in 2005. Also since a lot of these collages also had children as subjects, these simple torn and cut paper seemed to add something to their meaning. These pieces of paper are then used to build a painting.
Elizabeth Bisbing exhibits paintings, drawings, collages, animations and videos. In the spring of 2014 she showed “The Metamorphosis” (an animation) in the Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art Cultural Exchange and Exhibition in Shenyang, China. She participated in The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces, an exhibition, which traveled across the country from 2008 through 2013. She has been a member of the Soho20 Gallery New York City since 2002. She is also affiliated with the Projects Gallery of Philadelphia where she has been in group shows and one solo exhibition. Her work has been written about in the New York Sun, Distinction Magazine, and New York Magazine as well as the Lincoln County News of Damariscotta, Maine and The Garland News of Dallas, Texas. She earned her BFA in painting from Moore College of Art & Design and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. Her work is in many private collections as well as Rowan University’s Art Gallery and the Fremantle Foundation in Florence Italy. She lives and works in New York City.