The cut-outs began as an antidote to the large-scale paintings. While I embrace the all-encompassing project of getting into a painting and becoming lost in its potential, I also need something small and more concrete to hold on to.
The focused activity of drawing is the opposite of standing and confronting a painting. I have found that seizing and committing to the small, intimate drawings through cutting to be very satisfying. I am distanced from these in a way that allows me to play with the forms, moving them around. I have a big pile of the cut-outs that I pull out every once in a while just for fun. Somehow these characters eventually find a way into the paintings. -Elizabeth Gilfilen, 2012