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My work focuses on the interplay of lives and the concept of life-balance. I explore the circle as a resolved but potentially irregular shape. Thus, it represents both the balance and variety we all strive for in our lives. How is wholeness achieved, and what tips the circle off center? What distracts from the main circle? Does wholeness come at the price of predictability?

The vibrant dialogue between shape, color, and pattern invites viewers into the work. I create spaces in which the viewer feels involved in the work, in other words, being both delighted and challenged. The colors activate the imagination. They influence and play off each other in order to shift and tilt planes of information. Overlapping transparencies create the illusion of distance and scale, as well as deepening relationships between shapes.

Rather than print editions I use relief, monoprint, and collagraph techniques together to make unique images from the same plates – a potential template for life balance. Varying plate order, orientation, and color transparency creates altered states of an idea. Working in this manner reflects my thought process: a stream of consciousness and an embrace of chance. This links my disparate ideas in a logical way. Thinking of each print as an individual thought allows me to experiment with achieving a balance between intuitive and intentional decisions. Being in the studio and making decisions through the act of printing is critical to the resolution of the image. In this manner, making the work becomes a journey of balance in and of itself.

Elizabeth Foley is a printmaker living in Louisville, Kentucky. She received a BFA in graphic design from Washington University and an MFA in printmaking and M.Ed from Ohio University. She has been exhibiting work nationally for over fifteen years and has art on view at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, UK Chandler Medical Center, May Department Stores, and St. Joseph Healthcare Network. In 2014 Elizabeth Foley received the “Best of Kentucky” award at the AFB Woodland Art Fair. She is a founding member of the Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative and was Executive Director for ten years. After twenty years teaching middle and high school art, she is pursuing art full-time.

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