We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisabeth Condon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elisabeth, how do you think about risk?
Risk is a metric of commitment, containing life force within its demand to leap into the unknown. Returning to school in LA after a hiatus of hanging out at nightclubs, choosing SAIC’s multidisciplinary program in Chicago for my MFA, moving to New York because that’s where I wanted to live, accepting a professorship at the University of South Florida, and traveling to China for six months at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel are risks that have rewarded me with cultural and aesthetic influences that shape and inspire my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Landscape and décor intersect in my paintings, scrolls, and installations, creating feminine landscapes inspired by domestic life, Chinese scrolls, and abstraction. Growing up in Los Angeles surrounded by the film industry and living in New York define the landscape as both real and artificial.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Miami, Emerson Dorsch, Exile Books, and Tom Virgin’s print studio, which share a complex in Little Haiti. Then, to major museums and collections including Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora and Little Haiti Cultural Complex. If time allows we might visit artist studios at Fountainhead, Oolite, Laundromat Art Space, and Bakehouse. Definitely, I’d want to visit Vizcaya, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the Kampong, plus a day in the Florida Everglades.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many have, and continue, to support my work, but here I would like to acknowledge Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Little Haiti. Brook and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch are true friends of art, fearless in their commitment to excellent programming and presentation. Director Ibett Yaniz de Castillo and Doug Weber complete a dream team that spares nothing to ensure each exhibition is the best it can be. The gallery fosters a dynamic community that enriches and inspires me.
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