Elizabeth Barnett

"My work combines everyday experiences and encounters through painting, printmaking and illustration. Domestic ephemera such as plants, books, figures, tea cups and newspaper features predominately. In my recent series of paintings I have created spaces that I can go to and that are mine alone to escape the everyday. Spaces where things that I love, objects beautiful and quiet, surround me. These paintings offer momentary rest and sanctuary from everyday life. They are spaces that the eye can rest with and find solace in. The viewer catches the figures mid-pause and between breaths. Empty spaces appear recently vacated by a figure who leaves behind half-eaten toast or an open book. These spaces are lived in and warming, filled with plant life, chairs, coffee cups, pot plants and beds."

"The paintings are composed of found images from my own collection and of my friends’ homes and the homes of strangers that I admire. They are composed of objects in my life that give me joy and help to shape my spaces at home and in the studio."

(portrait image credit: Jessica Tremp)