Elaine Rutherford works in various media most often painting. She was born and raised on the West Coast of Scotland and now lives and works in Minnepolis MN.
“The miniature, has the capacity to create an ‘other’ time, a type of transcendent time which negates the flux and change of lived reality… the miniature is a world of arrested time.”
Through my paintings and mixed media, sculptural works I am considering our relationship to geographic and domestic spaces, and the ways in which we use them to orient ourselves physically and psychologically in the world. I am interested in how particular landscapes and terrain imprint themselves upon on the soul and form a connection against which we come to measure all other experiences of place. I like the possibilities for intimacy and quiet reverie that small-scaled work can elicit in the viewer as well as the tension of something expansive captured within a very small space. I use materials such as gold leaf and beeswax to emphasize both preciousness and fragility. Mantels and shelves often display collections of cast and carved beeswax objects while cabinets containing integrated video components depict liminal spaces such as oceans, roads and bridges. The unique relationship to time inherent within each media facilities a dialogue between past, present and the temporality of remembered experience.
Stewart, Susan. On Longing. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 1993. Print