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Elisabeth Ladwig

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Elisabeth Ladwig

"On the ground, it seemed bright and still and peaceful; in the sky, it was eerie and dark and swirling. "

"My current work is the fusion of a graphic design career in NYC and a personal interest in collage art, culminating in a portfolio of nature-centric, painterly-style images composited using original photographs. The subject matter stems from a childhood revelation early one evening, as I lay in the grass watching the all too familiar pre-tornado skies of Indianapolis."

"On the ground, it seemed bright and still and peaceful; in the sky, it was eerie and dark and swirling. The juxtaposition of this scene felt like a page out of a storybook… it was science, and it was nature, and it was magic all at once. My little brain was swirling as well, which concluded in the end that all of life’s mysteries must fall within the parameters of scientific explanation, that science must abide by the Laws of Nature, and that all of it is magical. Today, I often return to themes in my work that touch on what is real and what is not, and about our power to break down the walls of humble subjectivity and limited perspective to discover life options we may have otherwise believed to be impossible or even non-existent .My process often begins over a leisurely lunch date with my sketchbook. Once I have a simple drawing finished with some accompanying notes, I gather any props I'll need ~ treasures I find out in nature, at thrift stores, estate sales, and the like. The next step is taking all the pictures needed to create the final image, which includes a photo shoot and sometimes a short field trip for scenery and details. Finally, I do the post work on the computer, returning to a project several times before the image in my head is finally realized."


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