My paintings will be featured in an invitational exhibit entitled: Dichotomy: A Play of Opposites at Takoma Park Community Center from Thursday, January 8, through Saturday, February 28, 2015. My artwork, from my series of mixed media paintings will be shown along with the work of artists Shanthi Chandrasekar and Nimi Trehan. The three artists have been fascinated by the dualities found in almost every aspect of life and have experimented with photographs, paint and fiber to create artwork that embodies these opposites.
The opening reception will be Thursday, January 8th from 7-9pm where you can meet the artists and enjoy light refreshment. The Galleries are open M-F 8:30am-9:30pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
Elisabeth Hudgins Artists Statement:
This series of mixed-media paintings is an exploration of the dichotomy of past and present. My interest was sparked when I was clearing out an old family home… In among the treasures and trash was a cache of family photos lost for many years, some labeled, many not. It made me curious about those images and people in the past, what did they think, feel, do? How are they connected to us in the present day? What are their stories? I like to think that by using these lost images in my art, I help them find a new story, and link past to present.
In starting a painting, often I begin with a story to tell, but sometimes the story emerges from the artwork. Sometimes, the story is elusive. My process involves working with layers, transparencies and double exposures, by utilizing collage, photo transfers, paint, found objects, and monoprinting in my artwork. As I build up layers, earlier surfaces sometimes disappear, like memories, layered beneath fresh elements. At times, I peel away top layers to reveal what is underneath, and find what was lost. As I layer elements I interpret a new story, and a new image begins to emerge, therefore changing an old image into a new artwork. Visual elements often found in my artwork include: leaves, trees, portraits of people, quilts and fabrics and threads. To me these represent families and their history, and the links the past has to the present.