My painted paper collages deal with iconography that addresses woman as heroine, protector, saint, seductress. The sources of my work are images of paintings from the mystical heritages of (wo)mankind. My Catholic upbringing - steeped in images of torture and ecstasy - haunted me throughout my life and has now become an inspiration and a driving force in my art work. Currently, I reference specific paintings and sculpture of female Saints and the Madonna from the Gothic to the Renaissance periods, reinterpreting this material in painted paper collage, which is abruptly pieced together disallowing for smooth transitions as in the referenced paintings. I love the obsessive nature of cutting and pasting sometimes-tiny pieces of painted paper to create collages, which feel sculptural, and through this alchemical process -- demystifying the image.
Elizabeth Bisbing was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her BFA in painting from Moore College of Art & Design and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. A member of the Soho20 Gallery, since 2002, she lives and works in New York City.
Representation: Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, Penn. Projects Gallery: Red Dot and Bridge Art Fairs; Miami, New York, and Chicago. Traveling exhibition: The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces, an exhibition curated by Jennifer Heath editor of The Veil: Women Writers On Its History, Lore, And Politics, (2008 ) Publications: New York Sun, Distinction Magazine, New York Magazine , Lincoln County News of Damariscotta, Maine and The Garland News of Dallas, Texas. She lives and works in New York City and teaches at Farleigh- Dickinson University, New Jersey.