The Laughter of Nature | Elizabeth Erickson

The Laughter of Nature | Elizabeth Erickson

New and beloved paintings and poured drawings by Elizabeth Erickson, curated by Joyce Lyon and Patricia Olson.

“As an artist, I am primarily interested in the rhythms of human living, how this can become art that reveals the experience and aspiration of the soul, unique to each individual.”  — Elizabeth Erickson

Elizabeth Erickson’s intensely colored gestural works on canvas and paper focus on nuances of tone and stroke. Seeking with intention, welcoming serendipity, she works to open to meaning and spirit. In new works such as the series In the Boat, the movement of paint strokes conjures the elemental experience of being in a small craft on big water. In the nine-foot square modular painting Temple to the Ebb and Flow, the play of shape and gesture approaches a sacred geometry. A continuity throughout her work is the sense of discovery, a lush, joyful engagement with art and life.

Elizabeth Erickson has worked as a painter, poet and educator for over fifty years. She was a founding member of WARM (The Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota), was founder and Director of the Women’s Art Institute at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and St. Catherine University, and is Professor Emerita at MCAD. Her work is included in many public, corporate and private collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Macalester College, General Mills and 3M. She has received grants from the Bush, Ragdale and Mellon Foundations as well as the Minnesota State Arts Board. Among her exhibitions are Painting as Journey at St. Catherine University and Praising Creation at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. She was a member of Form+Content Gallery from 2013 – 2015.

March 30 - May 6, 2023
Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm and by appointment. Free and open to the public

Image: From the series, In the Boat, oil on canvas, 20 x 15-inches, 2020-2022.

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