Elizabeth Grant

" My work as a painter is a long-term exploration of the possibilities for creating illusory spaces in, on, and through canvas. Despite the formal nature of this concern, I am not interested in making paintings that are primarily about painting. Rather, the use of illusion in my work – illusion being present to some degree in any representational painting – acts as a point of entry to a more complex discussion of illusion across our lives, be it of the visual sort or something that is psychological, spiritual or political.

For so many of us who love animals, the urge to anthropomorphize is strong, if not supported by science. What is the ‘knowing’ that we attribute to ourselves and withhold from the animal kingdom? And if we can suddenly find ourselves acting as one who does not know better – responding like an animal and losing control, were we only ever fooling ourselves? "

--- Elizabeth Grant