Artist Statement 2021
I am a painter, sketcher, teacher, and technical writer. My art focuses on experiences over time, starting with sketching an experience through direct observation, reimagining the experience by sketching in my studio and retelling the story of the experience, and continuing through making paintings and narrative drawings in my studio.
I’m interested in sketching to observe and record, to understand and know the world around me. Looking harder and seeing more and making a record of it creates a connection to a place or person or thing.
My work over the past year has been a response to the pandemic. Prior to 2020, I was making paintings based on an interest in how the built environment and nature interact, with a focus on places I had visited with geographic or built extremes such as Iceland, Newfoundland, and Portugal. As my world got smaller in 2020, I continued exploring real landscapes and combining them with real structures from my immediate neighborhood to create art about faraway places that still feel like a safe space.
Elizabeth Alley is a painter and sketchbook artist, daytime IT communicator, and sometime art teacher from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Memphis and is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator. Since 1999 she has organized and participated in over 45 solo and group shows, and written thousands of documents for tens of thousands of readers and users.
Elizabeth is in her eleventh year as a technical communicator, spent over 11 years in public art administration, two years in the roller derby, and served as president of Urban Sketchers, organizing five USk Symposiums. Other interests include reading, crocheting, daydreaming about traveling, cooking, making lists, and staring out the window.