Elizabeth Thomson’s art explores the interface between art and life, imagination and the empirical universe. She writes: ‘My art is about… looking at the detail of life – microscopic / cosmic etc, but also looking back in time to the beginning… or a virtual state of being, uploaded into the conscious’.
While it has the format, colour and tonal qualities you might expect of a painting, Cellular Memory II is a ‘relief sculpture’. It is made up of thousands of glass spheres that have been laid in clear epoxy resin covering an undulating wooden support covered in vinyl film. Like a scientist, Thomson is continually experimenting with new materials and techniques… to present the world in all its beauty and strangeness.
Excerpt by Gregory O’Brien, from the publication: 50/fifty – Fifty Years of Aratoi (2019)