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Elisabett Gudmann

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Elisabett  Gudmann Elisabett Gudmann Night-Day a minimalist metal and charred wood at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Night/Day
 
Elisabett  Gudmann Elisabett Gudmann Meditations a minimalist metal and charred wood at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
Meditations
 
Elisabett  Gudmann Elisabett Gudmann Oasis a minimalist metal and charred wood at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley CA in the San Francisco Bay Area
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Elisabett  Gudmann

Elisabett Gudmann

Elisabett Gudmann Biography

Elisabett Gudmann is a Northern California based artist focused on creating works infused with color, texture, and form. The complex and physically demanding process involves laboriously etching the metal with acids to create detailed surface textures and imagery in relief. Unique and intricate patina colors are achieved by working with a variety of chemicals, layering rich and translucent colors with reflective depth.

Mostly conceptual in nature, her imagery evolves through layered complexity; a very time consuming and often chaotic and messy process of working with the acids and chemicals to create textures and patterns on the metal, often employing a reductive technique. The patinas have the translucent and earthy feeling of a remnant that has been worn down over time, yet are meticulously beautiful. Influences of abstract expressionism infuse her work, striking a balance between the abstract and the recognizable, often evoking references to natural and man-made environments.

Multiple panel installations and varying panel depths are often used, giving the works additional sculptural dimensionality. Most recently Gudmann has been incorporating the ancient Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban, the charring of wood, into her work. She has been exploring the juxtaposition of the metal surfaces and gorgeously textured charred wood, resulting in work that is dramatic, compelling and inventive.

A San Francisco native, Gudmann received her Bachelor of Science from California State University, Sacramento. 

Elisabett Gudmann Statement

I love being in the studio.  It’s where I’m the most comfortable, alone with my thoughts, listening to music, NPR, talk radio, singing out loud; translating my ideas into visual expression.

Much of my inspiration comes from the medium itself.  I’m drawn to the inherent beauty and unique qualities of the metal and work directly with it.  Most of my work is conceptual in nature, and created within a formal panel structure.   Multiple panel installations and varying panel depths are often used, giving the works additional presence and dimensionality.  Most recently I’ve been incorporating the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban, the charring of wood, into my work.  The contrast between the charred wood and metal surfaces are intriguing and inspiring.    

The imagery I create evolves through layered complexity; a very time consuming and often chaotic and messy process of working with the acids and chemicals to create textures and patterns on the metal, often employing a reductive technique.  I strive to evoke emotional charges through the interplay of color, texture, marks and form:  To compose images that balance between the abstract and the recognizable.

In addition to the wall pieces, I’ve also been creating sculptures in collaboration with my partner, Kirk H. Slaughter. The fabricated abstractions of the Architectural Series relate directly to the metal wall pieces and address the interchange between positive and negative space, combining a clean architectural content with sensual sophistication. Through a delicate balance of form and content, the clean lines and smooth surfaces reflect a masculine strength while at the same time maintaining a feminine sensibility.  In direct contrast to the refined works, the cast bronze sculptures in the Relic Series are distinguished by their broken and aged surfaces, rough textures and exaggerated features.  Mostly figurative or equine themed, the sculptures have evolved over the past ten years.  

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