Elisabeth Condon’s luscious paintings layer vivid abstraction and decorative flowers and birds. These paintings seem to be pure pleasure, for they revel in color, paint and compositional complexity. Look longer and uneasiness blooms. The symbols depicted within the paintings bear heady and emotional references to feminism, environmental and politics. Condon manages this with loaded symbols – bird and flower representations culled from decorative fabric patterns in her mother’s home – and by an extraordinary control over paint’s materiality, color and its emotional range. The symbol is a hook calling for a critique of the history of decoration and of abstract expressionist painting by extension. Erica Ando writes: “Condon’s paintings permit birds, flowers and decoration to sit alongside expressions of angst and tensity, as well as beauty, as part of women’s, and human, experience.” This permission “manifests a feminist acknowledgment of individual experience.”
About Elisabeth Condon
Elisabeth Condon exhibits internationally in museums and galleries including the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing and 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York. Condon’s work is held in public collections including the J.P. Chase Collection, the US Embassy Beijing, Swatch Art Peace Hotel Traces Collection Shanghai, and The Sweeney Print Collection at the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL. In 2017 she will complete a public art commission for Tampa’s International Airport. She lives in Tampa, FL and New York, NY. She has been represented by Emerson Dorsch of Miami since 2006.
ABOUT EMERSON DORSCH
Emerson Dorsch reflects the generative partnership of founder Brook Dorsch and curator Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. The contemporary art gallery represents select South Florida-based artists and hosts leading visiting artists, curators, and musicians to do projects at and around the gallery at least once per year.