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Elizabeth Paterson

Elizabeth Paterson
Artist's statement

I have ideas that excite me and I try to make them into physical forms. Along the way I learn a lot and usually end up with something other than I imagined in the first place.
My ideas come from looking at my environment and reflecting on daily life. I have lived much of my life in Canberra so my work reflects this landscape and how we live here. Also I draw inspiration from the artworks of other people.
Nowadays I mostly work with papier-mache, paper and cardboard: I love playing with the materials and discovering what they can do. One could say my medium is texture. I emphasize the tactile qualities of my materials to help represent how I perceive the world around me.

Recent work
Standing in the Shower
  • Standing in the Shower, 2014
  • paper, cardboard, wire, Mirror Finish Polyfilla
  • Dimensions: 41x 24x 22cm
  • Photo: Brenton McGeachie
Paradox in a Paddock (detail - Poplars)
  • Paradox in a Paddock (detail - Poplars), 2013
  • paper, cardboard, string
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
  • Photo: Brenton McGeachie
Paradox in a Paddock (detail - Eucalypt)
  • Paradox in a Paddock (detail - Eucalypt), 2013
  • paper, cardboard, grass matting
  • Dimensions: Dimensions variable
  • Photo: Brenton McGeachie
The Commonplace of Canberra
  • The Commonplace of Canberra, 2009
  • Papier mache, cardboard
  • Dimensions: 250 x 270 x 5cm approx
  • Photo: Brenton McGeachie

The Commonplace of Canberra (detail)
  • The Commonplace of Canberra (detail), 2009
  • Papier mache, cardboard
  • Dimensions: 250 x 270 x 5cm approx
  • Photo: Brenton McGeachie
The Commonplace of Canberra (detail)
  • The Commonplace of Canberra (detail), 2009
  • papier-mache, cardboard
  • Dimensions: Cockatoo 4 x 6 x0.5cm approx
  • Photo: Brenton McGeachie
Biography

Elizabeth graduated from the Victoria College of the Arts Drama School in 1979. She worked in professional theatre for many years before gradually moving into the visual arts. Completing a Graduate Diploma in Sculpture at the ANU School of Art in 1994 was a significant step in this transition.
Elizabeth has mostly developed her practice through solo exhibitions. In her shows she pursues a particular theme in depth and responds to each exhibition space, creating an installation rather than focusing on separate objects. Galleries she has exhibited in include the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Gallery and the Australian National Botanic Gardens Gallery.
Alongside, and often stemming out of her exhibition work, Elizabeth has completed many commissions. For example in 2013 she created a large papier mache relief work for the ACT Legislative Assembly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ACT self-government.
Since 2000 Elizabeth has also collaborated with Bev Hogg in creating concrete sculptures for public art.
Elizabeth was born and bred in Canberra and, apart from 10 years in Melbourne and a couple of years overseas in childhood, has lived here all her life. The Canberra environment is a strong influence in her work.


Selected exhibitions
2014:   Awaken , Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Ca, ACT
2013:   Paradox in a Paddock (solo), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Vessel, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2008:   Growing Home - the street trees of Canberra (solo), Visitors Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens - Canberra
2007:   Shifting Perspectives, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Found In Public, Tuggeranong Art Centre Gallery - Canberra
2005:   Artisans in the Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens - Sydney
2005:   29th Alice Craft Acquisition, Araluen Arts Centre - Alice Springs, NT
2005:   Hazelhurst Art Award: Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery - Sydney
2004:   Curious Cabinet (solo), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2001:   The Monkey Show (solo), Canberra Museum and Gallery - Canberra
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2013:   Kissing Galahs concrete sculpture - Village Building Company - The Fair, North Watson, ACT (with Bev Hogg and Mike MacGregor)
2012:   Lifebuoy concrete sculptures - Black Mountain Peninsular Playground, ACT (design by Bev Hogg)
2011:   Three Mice (concrete) - Village Building Company, The Hub apartments, Bruce – Canberra (with Bev Hogg and Mike MacGregor)
2011:   Children playing soccer (concrete) - Village Building Company, MacGregor - Canberra (with Bev Hogg and Mike MacGregor)
2009:   Commonplace of Canberra, ACT Legislative Assembly commission
2008:   5 sheep and a dog (concrete), Harrison - Canberra (design by Bev Hogg)
2008:   National Archives of Australia commission, Strike a Pose exhibition
2006:   Concrete sculptures for Finn St Park, With Steven Holland, Bev Hogg, Turner Primary Class 5/6. Northside Community Services
2004:   Papier mache replica brick wall, National Archives and artsACT project grant. With Steven Holland
2003:   Suitcase sculpture for Bonegilla exhibition, National Archives
2002:   Concrete sculptures - Griffith shops, With Bev Hogg, Steven Holland
2001:   Set of masks for Canberra Youth Theatre
2000:   Concrete sheep and dog - Dickson shops, With Bev Hogg, Steven Holland
2000:   Large clown's head for outside wall of Questacon
Selected publications
2009:   Soboslay, Z., Growing Histories: the influence of the Bayeux Tapestry on Elizabeth Paterson’s Growing Home, Art Monthly Australia, #218, pp38-40
2001:   Anderson, K. and Ross, I., Performance Design in Australia, Craftsman House, pp 66-67
1998:   Vella, M. and Rickards, H., Theatre of the Impossible: Puppet Theatre in Australia, Craftsman House, pp 126-129

 

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