NSCAD Graduation Catalogue

2016

Elizabeth Girard

BFA Interdisciplinary

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Medusa
Medusa is a representation of ugliness and violence in a mythological context. In the context of this artwork I flip the meaning to explore a representation of self conflicts which effects us all. Whether it be depression, anxiety, or addiction. The play on the mythological medusa exchanges the meaning from harming others and represents self harm. The snakes are feelings which instead of hurting and turning others into stone are attacking medusa herself. This piece aims to represent what it feels like to suffer with such inflictions, sometimes we are our worst enemies consumed by our own mental dispositions.

Images courtesy of Anna Leonowens Gallery, photographer Erica Flake

Bitchimite
During my exchange semester in Australia I acted as an early explorer absorbing information and reverting to the older uses of print, pre camera, which were to display information as an educational tool.
This image plays on vintage botanical prints by bringing in an image of Australian popular culture and flora. Vegemite, a bitter spread, consisting mainly of yeast, is an Australian cliché brought to us by the popular Men at Work, Down Under song during the 80s. As an explorer I investigated this piece of the unknown culture, documented it, tasted it and created a lithography print to bring back to my fellow students at NSCAD.

Magpie
During my exchange semester in Australia I acted as an early explorer absorbing information and reverting to the older uses of print (before cameras), which was to display information as an educational tool.
My subject is the notorious Magpie, a devious creature feared by many Australians who enjoy the outdoors. Magpies are one of a cyclist’s worst predators. In order to avoid a swooping(diving at your head beak first), Bikers have evolved and developed new helmets including springs to distract the Magpies causing them to swoop the bouncy shiny things instead. By doing so the Bikers are able to maintain their balance and avoid crashing.
You can find Magpies anywhere there is garbage to eat and people to swoop.

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