I reinvent landscape from sketchbook drawings made on my travels around the world. My paintings employ poured paint, gesture, projected drawings, Chinese bamboo and plum blossom idioms to splice and re-order pictorial space. Combining sources from multiple locations generates a free wheeling terrain where form and mark share equal priority. Space becomes palpable; form skeletal. Lavish pours establish each composition and webs, stripes and swaths of color act as vehicles of movement from one place to another. As I work the experience of one place overlays another. Space begins to warp and vibrate, as it does in memory and the heightened awareness of travel. Landscape materializes as a figment of remembered experience reconstituted in the movement of paint.
Elisabeth Condon, born Los Angeles, lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA from Otis/Parsons and MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Interested in the application of traditional Asian techniques in contemporary painting, she co-curated “Dragon Veins” at University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum in 2006. Her solo exhbitions include a survey exhibition at the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA, Da Feng Gallery, Beijing; a window project at Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney and Dorsch Gallery, Miami. Her work has been shown at Song Zhuang Museum, Beijing; Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Tampa Museum of Art, FL and Ft. Lauderdale Museum, FL. Condon has been selected for residencies at Red Gate, Fountainhead and Yaddo. Her work is in the permanent collections of the US Embassy, Beijing. She is preparing for a solo exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace, NY in April 2011.