The Gallery: Elizabeth Duffy

The Gallery: Elizabeth Duffy

amy chase
Feb 22, 2007

Hive, 2003. Paint Chips and wire mesh

Introducing Elizabeth Duffy; artist as deft re-purposer, with a meditative touch.

Have you ever hesitated before tossing those beautiful paint chip strips --the colors that went un-chosen in your paint decisions? Ever found yourself delighted by the stickers and labels aisle at Staples or look twice at a colorful dish scrubber? Wondering… what could I do with this? What could this become? I must confess, I have, and merrily for me, I discovered that this too is the territory of Ms. Duffy's art.

Reinforcement Drawing, 2005. Circle reinforcements on paper.

You can see more of these drawings in the White Columns curated slide registry.

I'm a bit fond of the envelope drawings. These are made on the inside of envelopes, using the existing data protection patterning as a point of departure.

Envelope Collages, 2005. Envelopes and pencil.

Envelope Collages, 2005. Envelopes and pencil.

Swarm, 2004. Pencil points.

Swarm, 2004, detail.

In the artist's words, "I make objects and drawings that seek to evoke wonder and a sense of the unexpected through the process of transformation. I have always lived in urban settings and my neighborhood has been my art store. In the dollar stores, hardware stores and stationery stores of Brooklyn I have found ways to create my own experience of nature. There is a compulsive aspect to this, a process of repetition that has a sense of quietude and aloneness and that relates to domestic work, to the crafts that I did as a child."

Hive, 2004. Pencil casing

Hive, 2004, detail.

Here is one print from a recent series published of her cleaning supply sculptures.

Inquiries? Please contact the artist directly via email.

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