Tuesday, August 13, 2013

in the studio with elizabeth huey

Last week, on our marathon New York trip, Margaret and I had the pleasure of visiting with Elizabeth Huey in her sunny Brooklyn studio. After a delicious breakfast at Marlow and Sons where we heard about her newest body of work and recent residencies in Cape Cod and Miami, we made our way over to Elizabeth's beautiful space.

It was amazing to see so much of her new work in person, which ranges from small mixed-media collages to large oil and acrylic paintings. One thing I love about studio visits in general is having a chance to see works that are just starting out.  Elizabeth's works-in-progress are especially interesting because she begins with entirely abstract backgrounds, which she then builds up with imagery culled from her extensive found photo collection, archival research, and her own photographs. (I highly recommend following Elizabeth's instagram. It's fascinating to see how her photography relates to her painting practice.)

Huey studied psychology at George Washington University before receiving her MFA in painting from Yale. Her background in psychology has long informed Elizabeth's artistic practice; the newest compositions exchanging sanitariums and institutions for motels, resorts and spas. In looking at places designed to promote relaxation and restoration, Huey investigates the various ways humans have attempted to "manufacture" happiness.

Check out a few pictures from our visit below and click here to visit Elizabeth's website.

^^Love these new collages!^^

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