“I love paper. I especially love making marks on paper while collaborating with natural processes… I use tea, rust, botanical pigments, indigo and other domestic solutions. Doodling on these papers – around a ring of rust for instance functions as a meditative technique. Over the years my stash of marked papers has grown and I often mix them up in little sample books. I also hang lengths of marked paper on hand-twined silk strings along with eucalyptus dyed fabric. My “to do” lists often end up dipped into the indigo vat or dyed and become little books of collected dailiness. These processes often succeed in helping me create the illusion of slowing the passage of time.” —Elizabeth Bunsen
“Moon Over Nebraska” This license plate is from her Grandfather’s truck.
I sent Elizabeth my photos and asked her to respond to the images…because I had to have a better description for you, the readers.
For me to write about Elizabeth’s work is equivalent to trying to describe the way I feel when I jump into the ocean or feel rain on my face. It’s a sensation. It’s ancient and internal and highly personal and not easy to put into words. However, I’ll try.
My first pull to her work was threefold:
ONE: The palette (rust and blues make me swoon)
TWO: The license plate from a Nebraska truck. I’m from South Dakota.
THREE: A very unique quality that is feminine, industrial, dreamlike and yet tangible and familiar at the same time…again, ancient really best describes her work for me. Do you ever have those people, places or things in your life that keep surfacing even though you don’t have a known connection? For me it’s 1930s Berlin Cabaret—another post— another time.
Elizabeth’s work feels like I’ve been waiting to see it and that our paths were suppose to cross at this point in my life.
I hope you enjoy her work and please share and check out her blogs and FACEBOOK page.