Dark, fantastical works layered with beauty, angst and significance.
Elizabeth McGrath is influenced by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture. She sculpts and paints sweetly twisted creatures, adorning them with cloth, paint, paper, gold leaf, rhinestones, shells and found objects. These creations often live in detailed dioramas, or are themselves the dioramas.
Incurable Disorder is Elizabeth McGrath’s second full-length monograph, including works from 2005 to 2012. From dioramas to mixed media paintings to three-dimensional sculptures, each piece is infused with deep meaning: historical narratives, cultural references, and environmental statements, while teeming with the charm, dazzle and beauty of a lovingly crafted—and lovable—object.
I love Liz’s mystical, magical, creations. They are the kind of creatures I want to keep company with. They make me happy. Mark Ryden