Pictured: Elizabeth in her studio
I had a friend a couple of Christmas’s ago take me aside to say “I really like your paintings, but your sculptures are just better”. Taking that to heart, these last couple of years I’ve been doing just that. Using mostly newspaper and cardboard, I am trying to get as close to my subject as possible.
Pictured: At work on her sculpture
What I am aiming for, hopefully the realism, then for you to look at the materials I used. I am inspired by everyday objects. There is something beautiful in the mundane.
Pictured: Library card
Pictured: Musings of the Past
Not all of my sculptures necessarily say something. If I’m suddenly excited by an old vintage photo, playing with textures and how to get that moody used quality, that could be motivation in itself.
Pictured: Charcuterie Board for small works show
With my piece for Main Street Arts Small Works show, Charcuterie Board, I chose to sculpt some of my favorite things to eat. With any kind of board, it usually has to look appealing. I wanted the base to give the impression of a block of wood, sort of thick. The grapes were a little challenging. Trying to achieve the bunch took a few tries. The cheeses I went back and forth with, deciding on brie and cheddar. With pops of color, hopefully it looks like a good platter. And of course, scale matters. With this board, I’m trying to come close to how they would appear. Smaller can sometimes be better. When you look at my artwork, maybe it will inspire you to see beauty in ordinary things and to look a little closer.
You can follow me on instagram @caputo.elizabeth9 to see what shows I’m in and what I’m currently working on.
Small Works 2023 includes 219 works of art by 204 artists from 29 states and runs through Friday, December 22, 2023.