about this piece
Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
paper, acrylic, glue
Artist Statement about work:
My initial challenge with the ideation experience was figuring out how to create a scientific or research-based work with no text using primary colors. After exploring several options, I found the solution in those same three cards. My planned collaborator had to back out, so I switched to my alternate selection of self-generated imagery. Since I’ve been researching and teaching color theory for decades, I chose color as my subject. I began by painting white paper with red, yellow and blue acrylic, using mostly soft wet-in-wet transitions. The multiple openings and unconventional nature of the origami flexicube made it an appealing choice for the structure. I used a low-tech japanese screw punch to create lyrical lines of circles to loop asymmetrically around the cubes. By gluing various color gradations behind the circle openings, I was able to create a wide range of color interactions, a topic I will continue to explore in the future.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – primary; structure – multiple openings; image – collaborate with another artist; alternate: self-generated; technique – low tech; layout – asymmetrical; text – none; paper – single color. Adjectives: lyrical or musical, soft, scientific or research-based, issue-based; alternate: unconventional, futuristic
Elizabeth Sanford is a watercolor painter who was seduced by the book arts and now creates watercolor sculptures. Her work is in many collections including the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the Tennessee State Museum, John Hopkins University, Emory University, and Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville and holds an MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University.