Elizabeth Bowler

Elizabeth Bowler2My practice continuously develops from events in my life. I have been investigating conceptually the exploration and implication of existence, the sense of limbo – a void – between absence and presence. Therefore the subject of my paintings is stimulated by my life, my loss, emotions and memories.

The subconscious projects itself through gestural marks and painting techniques. I choose to paint because the medium allows me to interrogate my practice both contextually and aesthetically. I make abstract expressionist, large-scale paintings. I give a high consideration to mark making and how stains, washes of painting and veils of light evoke emotions, and trigger the mind. The abstract denies the viewer an immediate understanding of the painting but lets them project their own thoughts onto the work. (Small scale seems to inhibit the work.) The process of building an image up and then destroying part of it is the tragedy.