My imagery is most often extracted from my family photo archive. Reimagined with the intention of freeing my subjects from their original frozen moment in space and time, I place them into a new orbit. As a result, something magical happens which transcends the personal and sidesteps nostalgia.
I like to work with a variety of media including paint, collage, drawing, photography and digital imaging. I often develop the work further into densely hand stitched pieces or manufactured into digitally woven fabric that is cut and reassembled using hand stitched appliqué on a large scale. I always seem to return to textiles and sewing which has deep rooted connections to my childhood.
I grew up in the USA and moved to the UK in 1983. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Art Education. My practice at that time was mainly performance and video based. With an interest in alternative artist spaces, I went on to post graduate study in Arts Management at the University of Akron. By way of an educational/work exchange programme, I ended up in Cambridge, managing a gallery, before settling in Scotland.
I completed the Certificate of Higher Educaiton in Art and Design Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and in 2016, I was selected as a Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland. http://www.visualartsscotland.org/artist-biography/elizabeth-stewart