Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Elizabeth Gilfilen
Brooklyn NY US
Updated: 2017-09-19 18:29:42

STATEMENT OF WORK

My paintings begin with drawing. Accumulated marks grow and deviate; torqued forms emerge from the decisions I make in paint. A kinetic energy can take over, yet I strive for a tension in each mark that is sprung almost as tight as the coils and tendons that create it. Through total immersion in this painting act, I build interlocked layers of knotted forms I feel I can climb onto or put my arms around. These exist in an unfixed space as every move transforms the work into something else. As soon as I recognize form, I am compelled to deny it, causing me to revisit the work over many months. Slippages between making and locating images give me access to a provocative space that is continuously redefined. I seek that moment when multiple approaches to the painting reward us with the complexity of something that is tangible, yet unnameable.




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