Elsie hill Howington EXHIBITion
Elsie Hill Howington is an Associate Professor and the MFA Director at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University.
She earned a B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and afterward worked full-time as a commission portrait artist for 12 years in the Southeast region. In 2006, Howington received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City where she lived and worked as an artist for six years. During that time she was commercially represented by the Nabi Gallery in Chelsea and participated in several solo and group exhibitions. After moving back to her native Savannah, GA in 2009, Howington painted the official courtroom portrait of the Chief Judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals and the dedication portrait of Howard J. Morrison for the Rotunda in the Savannah Convention Center.
Her work has been included in New American Paintings, The Louisiana Biennial, Art Fields, as well as several national and regional solo exhibitions.
I find inspiration and endless possibilities for non-representational forms in demolition sites: decontextualized structures, piles of twisted metal and pipe, broken concrete, and shattered glass. Through monotype, painting, and sculpture, I have rearranged, isolated, and combined this imagery in order to develop new artworks. The images are broken down into monotypes, manipulated in the paintings, and transformed in the sculptures. Each medium that I use defines the parameters for color, texture, and shape that propel the artworks further away from the original source material. As the work progresses, the imagery in the artworks becomes more codependent upon each other and I am inspired by new things like soft-serve ice cream swirls, strange attractors, and engine parts.
As new works are created, new imagery is discovered, new forms are built, and new ideas develop. This is the current cycle of my studio practice.