Painters & Sculptors Program 2018 Elizabeth Malaska

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Elizabeth Malaska

Portland, OR

Elizabeth Malaska was born and raised in Portland, OR. Before graduating with a BFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, her self-directed studies took her from Rome to rural Maine. She earned an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, in 2011, and has exhibited her work at Portland Community College, OR; Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR; California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME; among other venues. She is the recipient of the Hallie Ford Fellowship and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshield’s Foundation. Her work is part of the permanent collection at The Portland Art Museum. Elizabeth lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, OR, where she is represented by Russo Lee Gallery.

“I make paintings about the struggles of living under patriarchy. The history of painting is littered with submissive bodies of women. Using signifying images and techniques, I activate these histories, questioning their validity and proposing more complex and potent feminine subjects.”

  • Event Horizon, 2017, oil, Flashe, charcoal, pencil, glitter on canvas, 46 x 36 inches

  • Lament, 2017, oil, Flashe, charcoal, pencil on canvas, 47 x 38 inches

  • Still Life With Moon and Flowers, 2018, oil, Flashe, mica, charcoal, pencil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

  • The Gift, 2018, oil, Flashe, spray paint, charcoal on canvas, 26.25 x 21 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.