art as self-exploration

Featured Artist Elizabeth Breed

Winter Landscape, 21”x 27”, Quilt - seen without border, by Elizabeth Breed
Elizabeth Breed, the current Chair of the WVA South Central Chapter, balanced her art endeavors throughout her life with a library career in Memorial Library at the UW in Madison, Wisconsin, and earlier at Columbia University in New York,. Both provided an unexpected vehicle for artistic expression and growth in the book arts, which included calligraphy, bookbinding, and illuminating manuscripts.
Liz is an advocate for continued artistic growth, having seen over time a wonderful and surprising transference from one medium to the next – in her case from the book arts to photography to quilting, and most recently pastel painting. Note the calligraphic influence summoned by her pastel, “Love Poem,”(shown on page 8) which won Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal’s 13th Pastel 100 abstract category for 2012.
Photography came about when she needed to photograph her calligraphy letters in detail for exhibition entries. She then focused on other subjects (“Pastel Box”), and was enticed by macrophotography. A photograph of the aftermath of a burnt forested area in Yellowstone in the late fall of 1988 shows not only a love for photographic escapades throughout our West, but was the subject for an award-winning “Winter Landscape” quilt.
(Continued on page 8) Wyoming is the setting for her pastel, “Bear Country.”
Photography also has come in handy in manipulating photographs as references, the pastel “Winter Pines” being a case in point from a mediocre photo taken on a cold dark day during a dog walk.
Liz feels that art is self-exploration ; it is finding a focus that one finds is important enough to give one’s time. It is a source of joy when everything goes right, and why one keeps doing it when most of the time it doesn’t. It is decision-making; it is striving to construct a visual poem. That others too might poetry from a rendering of a rock or section of bark, a piece of machinery (“Machine”) or a tack and staples on a telephone pole (”The Red Tack”) - is a bonus, but should never be expected. Her work is not one of social consciousness, nor flagrant expression. It is more one of a singular focus – that is all. For now.

Winter Landscape, 21”x 27”, Quilt - seen without border, by Elizabeth Breed Machine, 5” x 7”, Pastel, by Elizabeth Breed Bear Country, 8”x12”, Pastel, by Elizabeth Breed Pastel Box, 8” x 10”, Photograph, by Elizabeth Breed The Red Tack, 5” x 11”, Pastel
Love Poem, 8”x13”, Pastel, by Elizabeth Breed
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