SHORT ARTIST’S STATEMENT DOG STUDIES (scroll to bottom for exhibitions) (Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, Spring 2014)
A winter snow in 2007, a digital camera, and frolicking dogs (and cats) initiated Dog Studies. The images soon evolved into simple painting exercises.
The stark contrast of black and white emphasizes the elegance of body language in these acrylic paintings.
The close-up views, focusing on isolated shapes and negative space, depict intimacy.
Tributes to the profound impact that pets play in our daily lives the paintings are also memorials to those beloved models who have passed.
BLACK and WHITE (Metaphor)
Black and white is not my perspective on life; yet I embrace it as an artistic mode. Its clean dichotomy and its metaphorical connotations offer endless visual and interpretive possibilities. And then there is Grey.
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FULL ARTIST STATEMENT DOG STUDIES (Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, Spring 2014)
BEGINNINGS (Resurgence and process)
The impetus for Dog Studies was a deep, school-closing winter snow in 2007, a new digital camera, and the pure joy of documenting the frolics and interactions of my dogs (and cats).
The photographs soon evolved into simple painting studies juxtaposing interesting shapes and negative spaces.
To compose a painting I cut and paste and draw freehand. The metamorphosis continues with changes in scale and the brush of wet acrylic modulating values and textures. For this last phase I use a watercolor-like technique to slowly layer black paint on a white surface.
I call these paintings “studies” because, with a goal but not a plan, they eased me back into art making. They are imperfect; for example, some retain traces of changes in composition. And they are leading my art in a new direction.
Dog Studies emphasize the elegance of body language through the striking contrast of black and white.
The zoomed-in views, isolate quirky shapes and the telling negative space between companions. They are intimate portrayals of individuals and relationships. They are tributes to the profound impact that our pets play in our daily lives.
Since several of the models have passed, the paintings have also become memorials to beloved pets.
BLACK and WHITE (Metaphor)
Black and white is not my perspective on life; yet I find it loaded with potential as an artistic mode (and I don’t mean just as metaphor.) This combination is considered monochromatic, yet it is the ultimate visual dichotomy. Admittedly I am relieved to see the world so clear cut when I escape to the studio with my canine companions. My art, explores the seemingly dualistic nature of life. Yet the nuance of grey inevitably insinuates itself into the picture.
Is it a coincidence? or an irony? that my initial models for this polaristic series were not purebred but instead mergers of mysterious lineage? Maybe it’s kismet.
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EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS (Resume)
- Self-Portraits: The Original Selfie, (Rachel Hellman Juror)
Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, IN, May 5 – July 21, 2017
- Gaslight Art Colony Members Exhibition, Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, IL, September 17-October 8, 2016
- International Exhibition on Animals in Art, (group show, Jonathan Mayers Juror), Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA, March 19 – April 18, 2016
- Small Art Exhibition, (group show), Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, IN, December 4, 2015-January 22, 2016
Spaces Between: paintings from the “Dog Studies” series by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, (solo show), Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, IL, October 17 – November 14, 2015
Older exhibitions and presentations
- Alliance of the Swope present: Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis shares her experiences mixing beloved pets with art making. Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN, Friday at noon, March 20, 2015
- Gaslight Art Colony Members Exhibition, (group show) Marshall, IL, September 20 – October 11, 2014
- Select works from Dog Studies were first seen in
the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Spring Art Exhibition, (three artist show), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, January 20 – May 31, 2014.