Elizabeth Briel builds bridges of understanding between artists from East and West
AN artist with a noble mission, that's what American Elizabeth Briel is. She continuously explores how to connect artists from East and West.
Currently based in Beijing, China, she is holding an exhibition showcasing her artworks which she completed while in an Artists Residency at Universiti Sains Malaysia recently.
Her show, entitled Beyond Georgetown -- Visons of Penang -- A Cyanotype Exhibition, is being held at China House Artspace 2 in Lebuh Pantai until Saturday.
"It is my aim to communicate and build bridges of understanding between artists from East and West, and places in between," said Briel. She creates art wherever she travels.
"I love to explore the tensions between Western and Asian cultures, since constant travelling means I am surrounded by half-understood languages wherever I go," noted Briel.
Text and language plays an important role in her work; how it defines, confuses and misleads people.
Eight years ago, she discovered an antique photo-print-making-medium -- the Cyanotype -- which she resurrected, and it has since become her main art form.
It is a mixture of sunlight, iron salt and water, in which art prints are transferred onto fabric and paper.
As an artist who explores Asia with her camera, notebook and paint brushes, she has even taught photography to street children in Cambodia.
In Hong Kong, she founded a community gallery and runs an artists residency in Sicily.
This year, ThingsAsian Press will release her book, Paper Pilgrimage: Bomb, Bandits and Vanishing Art, in South East Asia.
It is an illustrated travel book about handmade paper and the people who make them.
For more details, call Eeyan at 010-464 0812.