Materials: Acrylic paint, inks, watercolor, mineral metallic pigments, binding medium, varnish.
Process: I use watercolor applied over objects creating stencils. I print objects using applied ink. I rag paint with acrylics. I apply mineral metallic pigments. I further paintwith acrylics tounify the composition. I varnish front and back.
Narrative: The soft butterflies contrast with the dark metallic grids. Metal screens and a rusty numbered metal plate historically reference my paternal grandfather, blacksmith then car mechanic, his son, my uncle a car mechanic, and to my father, car mechanic then WWII airplane mechanic. The metallic-mineral pigments are used to illustrate that no matter whathappens to us, no matter what hardships, represented by aging mental, we each must endure to survive, that there is something bright as glistening metal, resilient, we are pure colorful sparks of light which are untouched.
Abstract Kachina dancers remind us that life is a group dance. The butterflies that memories are passed down from generationto generation.
"Untouched" is a tribute to my paternal line. "Butterfly Plaid" is a tribute to my maternal line.
- Elizabeth Belstraz
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"Art-making is my best friend and my spiritual practice."
Elizabeth Belstraz is a lifelong artist and graduate of The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For Elizabeth, art has become a particularly powerful practice during difficult times. She uses a variety of processes and materials to play with textures and colors that speak of different realities.
"Surviving challenges, including those in the areas of health and housing, has led me on a transformational journey through the arts. I love using diverse materials to make unseen social and spiritual realities visible!"
Elizabeth’s focus on the creative process leads her to different approaches for every piece. Her art methodology involves careful planning, and is inspired by various materials, a concept, an emotion, or a request for thematic work. Elizabeth works with liquid watercolors, inks, acrylic paints, pastels, wax, paper, used materials, pigments and minerals. Her art reflects inner psychological workings, spiritual concepts, emotions and feelings. They illustrate the beauty of nature, or commemorate cosmic and life events. She writes, "I like to add the pigments and minerals to the surface because to me, the shimmery surface evokes the etheric-spiritual aspect of art and life.”
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