A Generous Kingdom V: Art that explores story, symbolism, and beyond opened with the vision of "The Dreamer" by Elisabeth Ladwig, so it is fitting that on closing day we blow a symbolic kiss from the hand of the dreamer and bid farewell from a show that traveled beyond screens and into the realm of dreams.
"I hope my work reminds and empowers people to purposefully insert things in their lives that make them happy, to welcome in a little magic." Elisabeth Ladwig
What do you do to get inspired?
I put creative days on the calendar regularly, and often. Artist dates. These can be anything — a walk in the woods in search of texture, treasure, and story, it could be a museum visit, a class, or just spending the day at my art table playing with watercolor, mixed media, collage, mark-making… anything to get me out of my head and exploring or experimenting.
What do you hope your work achieves, in general, and/or specifically with this installation?
In general, I hope my work reminds and empowers people to purposefully insert things in their lives that make them happy, to welcome in a little magic. We get so swept away with the hustle and bustle of responsibility and expectations that we forget to pay attention. It’s never too late to begin crafting and curating the rest of your life, even if you’re 80 years old.
Elisabeth at work
What recently made you smile?
Just yesterday I took an online class called “Matisse: Painting with Scissors”. A lot of Matisse’s later works of abstract figures and botanicals were collaged with cutouts from painted pages. He loved the jazz music that was so popular in the 1940s and into the early 50s before his death, so one of the exercises for the class was to have a little dance with our scissors, Matisse-style, responding to the feel and the changes in Count Basie’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon”.