Elizabeth Weber | Green As Grass

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Elizabeth Weber | Green As Grass
Green As Grass, 2022 | Elizabeth Weber, Seattle, Washington
Cherry, acrylics, 1.125 x 12 inches

This piece is my attempt to capture the hills of East Tennessee, with green representing the earth. When I worked in Tennessee, I was often looking at surveys and contour lines, always observing the landscape and anticipating any future change. With our world constantly in flux, it is important to remember that earth will continue to be timeless. I believe that art represents the essence of an artist and that each piece is a reflection of a person's background. Growing up with two parents who are history professors, I find it important to understand how past experiences influence the present. To move forward in more positive ways requires that we understand not only our past, but also our connections to broader surroundings. I sometimes attach a story to my pieces, as the storytelling begins with the turning process and lives on in the finished product. Each decision and method builds on the story, using shapes and surfaces to draw on a variety of experiences. I use bright colors to evoke happiness and emotion, using milk paints and acrylics to complete my work. I do believe that color is nature's way of smiling.

Born and raised in Tennessee, Elizabeth showed great promise in both the arts and mathematics. She first specialized in engineering, earning an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and working in several engineering jobs. In 2012, she moved to Seattle, WA, and in 2015 decided to nurture her artistic side through woodworking. Her first creations included several pieces of furniture in the Arts & Crafts style, but she eventually turned to smaller objects and now specializes in bowls, spoons, and boxes. Her skills range from natural finish and simple forms to highly carved and painted forms that emulate natural motifs. She is the AAW's 2023 POP Artist Showcase recipient, and teaches woodturning at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. She serves as program director and Women in Turning liaison for the Seattle Woodturners Club.
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