2013 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
Elizabeth WeissNew York NY USA
Although – or perhaps because – I’ve spent my entire life living among concrete and skyscrapers, nature’s shapes and colors inspire me most. I came to mixed media collage as a result of my love of working with a variety of materials and mediums coupled with a very short attention span. One material was never enough! I needed to mix the paper with the wood, the clay with the glass, and the ink with the fabric – and then I needed to mix it all together. I grew up in a family of engineers and designers. We were always pulling things apart to see how they were made, or hacking something together out of seemingly unrelated parts to fill a need or specific function. Discovery and invention are a large and exciting part of my work process. I am always searching for new things to add to my artistic cache of materials and tools. For me, it is the process, the artistic journey that is most important. A piece starts with an idea or photograph, followed by time spent experimenting with my materials to push them into a non-traditional form to be used in new ways. I seek to develop new methods and techniques, and then combine them into a final composition. My intention as an artist is to create something engaging that also invites the viewer to step closer, to see and enjoy the individual elements that make up the whole.