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Elizabeth Nagle

Dorset, VT

"Abstract Narrative Paintings"
My works all began as truly abstract, non-representational paintings. Initially concerned with color, gesture, composition and lines my process is mostly intuitive, unplanned and free flowing. I begin by using marks, drips, and brush strokes, adding, subtracting, doing and undoing, layering, covering and uncovering until eventually a dialogue develops with the work. Each piece becomes a journey with it’s own life and language.

I am intrigued by the psychological phenomenon called Pareidolia. This is a word for the human tendency to visually make sense of patterns and random information. We see images in clouds, rock formations, floors, ceilings, wood grain and a myriad of other places. Leonardo da Vinci wrote about this in his notebooks: "If you look at walls that are stained or made of different kinds of stones you can think you see in them certain picturesque views of mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, broad valleys, and hills of different shapes. You can also find in them battles and rapidly moving figures, strange faces and costumes, as well as an infinite number of things."
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