Materials: Wax, acrylic paint, paper scraps, silk, varnish.
Process: I create a wax rubbing from objects placed under the paper. I use a stencil and sponge paint through it. I use a spray bottle to wet or apply paint to some areas. I collage with paper and fabric. Then, I apply varnish as needed.
Narrative and inspiration: My mother had given a brightly colored seersucker satin cloth. I made a bedroom curtain and watched as the run rose and set, bleaching and thinning the fabric in some sections I remembered the many patterned prints -- the cotton clothes my mother had sewn for me as a child. In this painting I have collaged silk fabric which has a painted appearance. This telegraphs a painted window. The silk is a remnant from my sewing room and is an homage to my multigenerational maternal seamstresses.
Further, my maternal grandmother stencil-painted her drinking glasses. I use the stenciled butterflies symbolically, for it is said that butterflies can pass on memory from generation to generation.
"Butterfly Plaid" is tribute to my maternal line, and "Untouched" is tribute to my paternal 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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