Materials: Collage on watercolor paper. Magazine cutouts, tissue paper, fabric, plastic bag, glitter, handmade paper, and cookie wrappers.
Process: I start a collage by intuitively choosing magazine images which will ultimately express unconscious thoughts, feelings, or memories. I construct the collage by adding images, paint, and layers of tissue paper to unify the piece overall. Later I realize the meaning as it reveals itself to me.
Story: Geisha is an adult woman who looks back on memories and events which themselves are a collage. A Kachina face merges with a nightlife casino. The Geisha's own face is a veiled mask. The entire composition is surrounded by an allusion to personal history through floral wallpaper. Both Geisha and Kachina are culturally specific roles. They are each powerful identities yet are masks to be ceremonially and temporarily worn.
A collage is akin to a puzzle, ultimately the meaning is constructed through the eyes of the viewer.
- Elizabeth Belstraz
Prints are produced on demand on either mounted canvas, acrylic plexi, or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.
"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.”
Elizabeth is excited to sell her work through ArtLifting.
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