Elizabeth Bisbing '93 - November - December 2010 Alumni Online Exhibition
My painted paper collages deal with iconography that addresses woman as heroine, protector, saint and seductress. The sources of my work are images of paintings from the mystical heritage of (wo)mankind. I reference specific paintings and sculpture, reinterpreting this material in painted paper collage, which is abruptly pieced together disallowing for smooth transitions as in the referenced paintings. I love the obsessive nature of cutting and pasting, sometimes tiny pieces of painted paper, to create sculptural collages.
Some of this work belongs to a large series, Change of Identity Cards, which began with an investigation of the veil across time and civilizations. The format of the Change of Identity Cards comes from a Nineteenth century ladies' card game found in watercolors by Mary Ellen Best (1809 – 1891).The game consists of placing a variety of painted costumed faceless cards over the figure of a young woman.