In the Meeting Room Gallery during January . . .
I Would Break Time Itself to Find You & Les Chapeaux
“I would Break Time Itself to Find You” is a love story told with no words that allows the viewer to imagine who the determined rabbit is seeking. These watercolor depictions of a journey through air, land, sea, space, and beyond are a fanciful representation of the lengths some would go to find someone they’ve lost.
“Les Chapeaux” represent a reimagining of classic French fashion plates from the eighteenth century. The decadent millinery of Marie Antoinette and her court is depicted here through larger-than-life everyday food, elevating them from edibles to high fashion. Painted on antiqued paper handmade in the United States with watercolor and gouache, these painting meld the appearances of prints from two centuries ago with modern whimsy.
Elizabeth Ocean is an artist with a varied background, having worked as both a costume designer and a Massachusetts state criminal prosecutor. Elizabeth specializes in unique illustration-style watercolors and paper dolls. Her work is inspired by her varied background, an obsession with historical and modern alternative fashion, and the power of clothes to transform the wearer into whomever she wants to be. Elizabeth is continually amazed to find herself creating quirkily beautiful art, and even more surprised that it can make a person she has met smile.