Liz Elton employs time related narratives, vegetable dyes and compostable materials to consider our relationship with landscape, and waste. Paintings such as ‘100 Harvests’, referencing research discussing compromised soil fertility, have been made on compostable food recycling bag material, which is made from crops such as corn or potatoes and produced in order to facilitate the disposal of waste food. It is fragile and ethereal and floats like parachute silk with the movement of the air around it.
Her piece ‘Fields’ shows a painting based on an 1805 map of Highbury before St Saviours was built when the land was used for dairy farming. Installed outside at Florence Trust the work gradually became torn and damaged, slowly revealing more of the landscape. You can view the video here.
During Lockdown she was at home and found ways to expand her practice using what was to hand, photographing kitchen waste on its way to the compost bin. The images are rooted both in still life painting and a history of artists offering their own waste as creative production, and aim to find a sense of potential or hope in what we have discarded.
Works for Sale:
‘100 Harvests’, Water miscible oil on 100 compostable cornstarch food-waste recycling bags, 300 x 364 cm, POA.
‘Three ‘Lockdown Diary’ Images’, Archival quality pigment print on Hahnemuhle, each an edition of 30, 30 x 20cm framed, £60 each (framed) or £150 for all three (also available unframed at £50 each).
Images and Text © Liz Elton.