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Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart
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Recently I’ve been creating large scale work influenced by my life long obsession with my family photo archive. In much the same way memory works, I reimagine, reframe and reconstruct afresh, using digitally woven or printed fabric produced from my photos, paintings and collage. I then hand stitch the appliquéd compositions, occasionally adding other elements to create line, etc. I’m beginning to use similar techniques to create 3D sculptural pieces as well. By isolating my subjects from the time and place of the original image, I take them into a new realm, one that hopefully transcends the personal and sidesteps nostalgia. For me, there is something magical in the process of setting my characters free from the constraints of the photo album. As the White Queen said to Alice ‘It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards’.
BA in Art Education, Ohio State University, 1982

Certificate of Higher Education, Art and Design Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2015

I was born in the USA and have been resident in the UK since 1984 when I left my postgraduate studies in Arts Management for an educational/work exchange programme in the UK. Soon after I took up the post of Gallery Manager at The Heffer Gallery, Cambridge. After moving to Scotland, I worked in adult training and careers before joining my husband in his silversmithing workshop/gallery in 1997. In the past my art practice centred around performance and video art. In recent years I've enjoyed exploring new techniques for my work.

Recent Exhibitions

FLY VAS Annual Exhibition 2016

Converge VAS Annual Exhibition 2016

Black Cube Annual Exhibitions, Edinburgh, 2013 - 2015

VAS:T 2015 Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

Art And Design Studies Annual Exhibitions, Edinburgh College of Art, 2011 - 2015