Elizabeth Haigh
Impressions of La Puna

17.04.23 05.05.23

Elizabeth Haigh is an Australian artist who works across the mediums of painting, printmaking, textiles and photography in order to create narratives that highlight environmental signatures influenced by our contemporary existence. Her practice embodies love and respect for the land and she uses those emotions to explore and express traces of time and memory.

In coherence with her passion for locally sourced and found materials, Elizabeth came to ´ace after completing a trip to the Argentinian Puna, where she and Karen Landt-Isley, her artistic partner and colleague, took images that would later be used in the Workshop for their creative process. Navigating technical, aesthetic and conceptual concerns, Elizabeth manifests her feelings about an increasing vulnerable environment through a variety of unorthodox, freestyle experimental processes often combining painting, printmaking, photography and stitching. Attentive to the emerging concerns of the Anthropocene, she imbues her work with the ethos of sustainability.

Elizabeth came to ´ace to do a Production Residency in our Workshop. In her own words: “My practice pays homage to the living earth, the delicate rhythms, and its vulnerability. A love and respect for the land and our changing relationship to the environment is the focus of my artwork. During the residency, I added to my artmaking skills by learning carborundum and aquatint print processes, further ways to create monotypes and experimented with natural earth pigments. I also developed work using current artwork practices of combining paper, fabric and stitch to produce textural works.  I gained the experience of presenting artwork as an installation.”

Through carborundum and aquatint print processes, Elizabeth captured the tonal qualities of rock formations and volcanic horizons from their journey, experimenting with different papers with a preference for transparent Japanese papers due to their delicate and lightweight nature. The artist achieved the conversion of watercolor sketches into monotypes by directly applying colors to the plate, effectively reflecting the diverse color palette of La Puna by layering multi-colored imagery on paper and fabric, which allowed her to intensify colors in specific areas—additionally, the use of embossing, tearing, layering, and stitching techniques together with the exploration of natural earth pigments through screen printing and painting, added textures to her works. The installation was completed with an elongated format and the inclusion of soft sculptures resembling unique cloud formations, all stitched with silver thread to provide a multi-sensory experience.

Elizabeth Haigh
1957 | Australia
Lives and works in Yarra Valley, Australia

1998 | Graduate Diploma of Education. University of Melbourne, Australia
1990 | Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting). Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

2022 | Door to Door project. Lite-Haus Galerie & Projektraum, Berlin, Germany
2022 | Garden of Loss & Triumph. NDSM Fuse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2022 | Works on Paper. Sydney Contemporary – Paper, Sydney, Australia
2021 | Soundscapes. YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub, Australia
2020 | ‘Now Change’, YAVA Gallery & Arts Hub

2021 | Teaching Colour Workshops – Baldessin Press & Studio
2020 | Teaching Drawing Workshops, Tarrawarra Museum of 
1999 | Awarded the Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Melbourne – ‘Women with Career Interruptions’

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Impressions of La Puna
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The artworks in the exhibition reflect Elizabeth Haigh and Karen Landt-Isley’s experience of travelling for 2 weeks through the La Puna region in North West Argentina. A love of nature and the physical immersion in this vast and enigmatic landscape captivated their emotions. A predominantly subtle colour palette of soft muted tones, with hints of browns from the iron rich soil contrasts with charcoal grey and blacks of volcanic rock.

The soft white sands of El Peñón, the hard encrusted salt forms of Gos Campo, accompanied by delicate cloud formations throughout the journey are some of the textures observed and experienced. Elizabeth created her impression of La Puna through sewing, embossing, carborundum and monotype. Karen created her impression through monotypes onto fabric and paper.

The installation with exhibited at the  Espacio Dialogo to provide intimacy, to share with the public their feelings and to stir curiosity.

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