Elisabeth Vary
German, born 1940

Elizabeth Vary makes wall-mounted cardboard sculptures that she paints with oil and enamel, often combining multiple objects into abstract composites. The surfaces of her pieces hold richly layered abstractions, applied through expressionistic gestures. Vary determines what type of surface (colorful, tonal, or muted) to apply through an intuitive process, responding to the variant surfaces of her materials and the subtleties that emerge from her brushstrokes and color combinations. By extending into space, the painted objects encourage participation on behalf of viewers, inviting them to circle the works in a futile attempt to behold their entirety.

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