Materials: Wax, acrylic paint.
Process: "Watermark" refers to the faint impression left upon the paper during manufacture, visible when help up to the light, this mark usually identifies the maker. In this painting the watermarksare left by two processes. The first is a "wax resist" whereby I create a wax rubbing and apply paint over the waxed area. The paint adheres to the paper but not the wax areas. The second process is by weighting the wet painted paper with jars of water. The jar leaves a ring when the paint has dried and the jar is lifted off.
Narrative: "Watermark" was the name of the highrise building I resided in at Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. This district is a globalcenter for many types of biotechnology, genetic, pharmaceutical, and other technology companies. This painting refers to scientific research as an arial view of test tubes or medical samples. Watermarks leave something behind -- what are we leavingbehind for our future generations?
Both "Watermark" and "Flight" refer to Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.
- 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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