Elizabeth Shupe: "Lexicon Infernali" @ Stephen Romano Gallery

About Elizabeth Shupe:

Elizabeth Shupe is an artist who channels fairy tale imagery in an attempt to make sense of the harsh realities around her, she understands that truth is buried in even the most fantastical of visions. Her work references classic illustrations of Brother’s Grimm stories, Symbolist painting, the masterpiece “Ophelia” by John Everett Millais, Victorian kitsch, and feminist deconstructions of the above. She uses a dizzying array of media: painting, drawing, and collage sit comfortably side-by-side with 3d printing technologies and modern materials such as resin, plastic, and “low” media such as beads and fabric paint. She is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art. She has shown in New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Shanghai and has work in personal collections in New York, North Carolina, and Florida. Her creative pursuits have led her to an exciting nomadic-by-choice lifestyle, and she invites you to follow her on her artistic journey.
About the works on display:

"The work in this series is inspired by fairy tales that my mother read to me as a child, tales like “The
Seven Swans” and “Brother and Sister”, tales where children get transformed into wild creatures of the forest through a hurtful curse or a thoughtless mistake. The idea that something terrible could happen to you and cause your entire self, both inside and out, to change irreconcilably- that both terrified and fascinated me as a little girl. As I grew up and stumbled through the difficult portions of my own life, I realized that terrible things do indeed change you on a fundamental level, they turn you into something both deformed and delicate, twisted and frail, yet after the fact, they allow you a greater level of strength, as you become unafraid to face the pulsing viscera of your own existence. And, like in the fairy tales, the creatures we become through grief are only temporary transformations, if we wait long enough, we will become healed and whole once more. This work is about those creatures we become in the moments of our lives were sorrow and beauty and savagery become interchangeable. I’ve been there, and so have you, and so has everyone, and these strange and gentle creatures are ours".