Elizabeth Pratt

Elizabeth Pratt

    Contact Information

    info@epratt.art

    http://epratt.art/

    Studio & Gallery

    Philadelphia PA, 19143

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Painting

    Artist's Statement

    I am a visual artist with a focus on painting and drawing. Making art has been a means of understanding and engaging with my world since I was a child. I work with traditional materials: oil paint, charcoal, paper, wooden panels. I like the simplicity of these materials, their natural characteristics. Soil, seeds, trees: these things have life in them. My process is highly intuitive and open, evolving in the moment, like a living being, a wild thing. Inspiration comes to me in many forms: a color, a word, a stranger on the street. It can come from an emotion or an idea, or something as simple as the act of holding a pencil. The origin doesn’t really matter; where it begins is only the beginning. What is more important is where it goes and what happens along the way, what gets recorded, what gets erased. I love the living world in all its forms, the temporal and changing nature of being, the wild, mysterious, and the unknown. I live in Philadelphia.

    These paintings are from a series about anxiety and ritualistic healing. Using knots as symbols of anxiety- stomach knots, muscle tension- these explorations provide an opportunity to examine negative emotions and find beauty and positivity in them as a path to wellness. Knots also have a constructive aspect; they connect things, and symbolize unity and a desire to hold together what seems in danger of falling apart. Thus deprived of their negative symbolism, they are rendered innocuous. The healing ritual is furthered by untangling them and weaving them into something that gives warmth, comfort and protection. Traditionally undervalued as a women’s craft, weaving is a powerful expression of egalitarianism and a necessary antidote to the hierarchical and authoritarian thinking that threatens our very existence. Translated into paint, these weavings lose their functional value and become symbols with larger implications.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2019
    Elizabeth Pratt: New Works, Art Egg Gallery & Studios, New Orleans, LA

    2015
    Elizabeth Pratt: Small Works, Mid City Theater, New Orleans, LA

    2004
    Elizabeth Pratt: Paintings, Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, LA

    Group
    2021
    Art of the State, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA

    Ellarslie Open, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

    2019
    6th Annual Juried Show , Artspace 111, Ft. Worth, TX

    2017
    From the Outside In, Lemieux Gallery, New Orleans, LA

    Art Fields Annual Juried Exhibition, Jones Carter Gallery, Lake City, SC

    2016
    Wide Open 7, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

    Texas National 2016, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

    La Femme, New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA

    2015
    Bywater Biennial, New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA

    2nd Annual Juried Show, Artspace 111, Ft. Worth, TX

    Bon Appetit, Linus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    Artmelt, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

    Compact Competition, LSU Union Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

    2014
    Artfields, Lake City, SC

    Small Works, The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, MD

    2013
    Artfields, Jones Carter Gallery, Lake City, SC

    Group show, Art Council of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

    Small Works, The Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis, MD

    2012
    Venus Envy, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

    Mixed Media 2012, Slidell Cultural Center, Slidell, LA

    2011
    Art Melt, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

    2010
    Venus Envy, Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA

    Art Melt, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

    Group Show, Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA

    Other
    2021
    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    NORO Open Studios, New Orleans, LA

    2017
    NORO Open Studios, New Orleans, LA

    2016
    NORO Open Studios, New Orleans, LA

    2015
    NORO Open Studios, New Orleans, LA

    Publications

    2020
    Unlikely Stories Mark V, August

    2012
    Studio Visit Magazine, Fall

    2002
    New Delta Review, Fall/Winter

    Public Projects

    2016
    Art Truck Project

    2014
    Spirit Handling photography book design and production

    2008
    Mural, Center City, Baton Rouge, LA

    1998
    Mural, Highland Coffees, Baton Rouge, LA

    Commissions

    1997
    Life & Death, Painting series, Highland Coffees, Baton Rouge, LA

    Awards & Honors

    2017
    Vermont Studio Center Residency

    2016
    Honorable Mention, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

    Education

    2011
    Penumbra Foundation, New York, NY
    Wet Plate Collodion Class

    1990
    University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    BFA