Elton reflects on landscape and employs time related narratives to consider our relationship with soil and the potential embedded in waste. Many recent paintings have been made on compostable food recycling bag material, made from crops 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, perhaps suggesting breathing or a tide going in and out.
364x300cm, water miscible oil on compostable cornstarch.
This work references research discussing compromised soil fertility and the likelihood that our farmland can only support a further 100 harvests.
400x300cm, water miscible oil on compostable cornstarch
(fragile remains following display in ‘Zero Gravity’ sculpture trail).
About the Artist
Liz Elton is the recipient of a Mark Rothko Foundation Artist-in-Residence Award, Daugavpils, Latvia, 2020. She has shown in the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition on two occasions, her work was placed second in the Sustainability First Art Prize, 2020 and she was awarded special commendation in Dentons Art Prize 7, 2019. Recent residencies include Groundswell Conservation Agriculture Conference (2019), The Florence Trust, Highbury, London (2018).