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Elizabeth Carter
Affiliation:; Alumni


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Artist Statement
My work is inspired by the landscape of my childhood. I made small boats to sail down the brook that ran through my backyard. I wandered in the woods, and rowed on the Saugatuck River. The love for the natural world that I had as a child has stayed with me, and much of my work is a reaction to my concern for the environment. In my monoprints and collages I explore the tensions between abstraction and representation, movement and stillness, and flatness and depth. I use color to create moods that reference different times of day, and particular seasons. In nature, trees sway, the wind blows, light shifts, and waves roll in and out. My mark-making tries to create the illusion of movement in a static two-dimensional medium. This tension prompts the viewer to imagine the making of the piece — the way my hand moves across the page as I draw. The recurring boat imagery in my work reflects my interest in the perils and joy of journeys, real and imagined.

Artwork submitted for the SMFA Art Sale


  There was a Strange Light  (2017)
Wall Hanging - Prints
Medium: Monoprint (Intaglio on wood)  
Edition: 1  Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 22 H: 37

  Field  (2018)
Shrink-wrap - Drawings
Medium: Charcoal on Paper  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 36 H: 16

  Glimmer of Light  (2016)
Shrink-wrap - Prints
Medium: Monoprint Woodblock  
Edition: 1  Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 34 H: 16

  Empty Chair  (2019)
Shrink-wrap - Collages
Medium: Monotype Collage  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 14 H: 13

  Double Exposure  (2019)
Shrink-wrap - Collages
Medium: Monotype Collage  
Edition:    Quantity: 1
Dimensions (inches):   W: 12 H: 10