"Every summer or fall, I visit an aspen forest to collect wood for my carvings. Each visit is like a pilgrimage. Every time I return, I’m moved by the strength and the delicacy of the natural world. My love for the natural world and my concern for the environment often translate into works about the complex relationship between humans and nature in this modern age."
"What did the earth learn from the trees to be able to talk with the sky?"
- Pablo Neruda
Arizona-based artist, Elizabeth Frank feels a communion with trees. It began in her early years spent exploring the outdoors. From ages nine through eleven her family lived in Olympia, Washington. There the rainforests near her home became her sanctuary. Now she visits the forests of Northern Arizona or New Mexico to gather aspen for her carvings.
A native of the desert southwest, she grew up sixty miles from the US/Mexico border. Her father, a social worker, worked part-time in a border community. Her family often visited Mexico. As a young adult, she explored the country more thoroughly. One such trip led to studies in language and sculpture in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The art and culture of Mexico continue to inspire her.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, Frank worked for several years in the film industry. On her jobs buying for and decorating sets she enjoyed transforming spaces to create believable locations. The quest to find the perfect objects to help propel a narrative ignited her love of found things. She now incorporates this same quest into her creative process.
Elizabeth Frank's artwork can be seen in galleries and festivals throughout the United States. It’s been featured in television, film and books. She is honored to have her pieces included in collections around the country and abroad.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist