Elizabeth Gilfilen

Lean-to, 2012, oil on canvas, 76 x 70 in.
Domestic #1, 2004, ink on cut-out paint chips, 4.5 x 8 in.

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

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