Elizabeth Gilfilen has shown her work widely and presented solo exhibitions at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY. She will attend the Golden Foundation for the Arts on a residency this fall, and was awarded fellowships from Yaddo, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
About this collection of work:
These are spontaneous drawings. I use a nibbed pen with ink to achieve varying thicknesses of line and mix the color with the pen as I draw. By thinning the color I am able to suggest shallow depth and some volume to the shapes. I pay attention to how the ink soaks into the page or how slight movements propel the line one way or the next. I coax each mark into an unexpected form and this surprises me each time.