We need a sense of hope and beauty, especially now. I want my art to uplift as art does in its traditional construct. I am in search of a meditative moment to feel inner calm and renewed positive energy. When visualizing calm, I see different colors floating in and around: shifting and morphing into different shapes. To me those shapes are energy: positive, nurturing energy. The circle is a resolved but potentially irregular shape, representing wholeness and focus.
In my process I want to experience that focus and energy. Rather than print editions, I use relief, monoprint, and collage techniques together to make unique images from the same plates -- a potential template for life balance. I think of the plates as my visual vocabulary and vary plate order, orientation, and color transparency to create altered states of an idea. Working in this manner reflects my thought process: a stream of consciousness and an embrace of chance. Thinking of each print as an individual thought or vision, allows me to experiment with achieving a balance between intuitive and intentional decisions. Being in the studio and making decisions through the act of printing is critical to the resolution of the image. In this manner, making the work becomes a meditation in and of itself.
Elizabeth Foley is an artist in Louisville, Kentucky. For over 20 years she has exhibited work regionally; on view at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, the collection at UK Chandler Medical Center, Macy's Department stores, and Kentucky One Healthcare Network. She is a founding member of the Bluegrass Printmakers' and was Executive Director for ten years. She is a member of the Kentucky Crafted Program and is a cohort in the 2017-2018 Hadley Creatives Program. Elizabeth earned a BFA in graphic design from Washington University and an MFA in printmaking and M.Ed in secondary education from Ohio University.