Elisabeth Olsen graduated May 2013 from the University of Sioux Falls and is currently working as a Marketing Coordinator for Sensational Smiles.
“For the artist, a sketchpad or a notebook is a license to explore.” (Art and Fear) I find the creation of art to be an exploration for the mind, heart and spirit. Physically I explore materials and techniques; mentally, emotionally and spiritually, I explore an array of intertwining subjects including the Persons of the Trinity, faith, time and the human soul.
My Christian faith and my environment are the two most prevalent influences that shape my artistic expression. Growing up in South Dakota, I was blessed with the ability to experience God’s creation in a personal manner. As children, my siblings and I spent countless summer days in hay fields and pastures. There I developed a relationship with the prairie, the endless cloud filled skies, the majestic cottonwoods that stood as patriarchs of the plains and a wind that defied even the presence of the grass. This personal experience with God’s creation has greatly influenced my art work and my connection with God’s word. From Genesis through Revelation, the words of scripture depict God’s creation naturally and metaphorically. What better language for the Creator to use than that of trees, clouds and wind. As I blend the natural world, with it’s law of gravity and establishment of time, with the God of the universe, I produce a surreal style of art work that seeks to explore the Trinity and our earthly and eternal existence.
In one form or another, trees have gained a prominent position within my palette of imagery. I am deeply intrigued by their strength, expression and personality; I am moved at the sight and feel of one under my hand. Trees have unique favor in scripture; for example, Christ is referred to as the Tree of Life. “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nation.” Revelation 22:2 KJV. I wish to set up an experience, an encounter. The author of Art and Fear stated: “make objects that talk—and then listen to them.” I invite you to listen as you explore these pieces.
Artistic mentor and collegiate professor: http://cecacooper.com/home.html