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Winston Salem Artist Elizabeth Shanahan Releases New Collection Inspired by Appalachian Mountains
Of her work, Shanahan says:
I make abstract mixed media paintings inspired by nature. I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina, surrounded by the extremes of natural beauty – storms, forest, hills, lightning, sun, water, snow – everything that earth has to offer can be found on those ancient slopes.
To me, these wild places are divinity. They are sanctuary. They are home.
My work aims to echo the sense of security and divinity I feel in the creation of the universe. Using color, form, and creative use of media, combining traditional painting techniques with cutting, tearing stitching, and adhered natural objects such as naturally discarded feathers and snakeskin, my work brings the outdoors in.
The new collection is entitled Portami al Duomo, which is Italian for Take Me Home. On her Instagram page, she says that what began as an exploration of the landscapes turned into a deeper contemplation of the meaning of home, belonging and family. She discusses how she collaborated with her mother, Alison Shanahan, and grandmother, local artist Elinor Gay, to bring some of her ideas to life using Gay's Singer 237 sewing machine.
"Sitting with my mom and grandma in those mountains that they chose and I was born into, watching my daughter chase dogs around, really deepened my thinking on the meaning of home and what it is to belong to a place, to choose one, to be born into one," says Shanahan on her Instagram page (@elizabeth.shanahan)
The collection is now available on the artist's website, elizabethshanahan.com.