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Elaine Defibaugh

Rochester, NY, United States

I was, born in New Castle, PA have been a fulltime artist with solo exhibitions, invitational and juried exhibitions since 1989. From 1993-2006 I taught as an Adjunct Professor at RIT, U of R, and MCC. I've also taught numerous workshops, including the Memorial Art Gallery, Biscayne Institute of Better Health & Living, Turning Base Press, & Perez Art Museum of Miami. In 2005 I moved to NYC, to join Chashama’s Subsidized Studio Space Program as artist and proctor until 2011. Currently, I have studios in NYC & Miami. I'm a 2x recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and have received a Constance Saltonstall Foundation Art Grant. Residencies attended are Eileen Kaminsky/Mana, Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Arts Foundation, RAID, CeRRCA Llorenc del Penedes, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Fountainhead & Deering Estate. You can see my work in collections such as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center of Cody, Butler Institute of American Art, Kathryn & Dan Mikesell, Elizabeth Collection, Everson Museum, Jewish Homes of Rochester, and various private collectors nationally & Internationally. I'm currently an unrepresented artist. Most of my solo exhibitions have been in alternative spaces and university galleries. As an artist, I am inspired by the transitional world that we experience. Particularly, I am most curious about the relationship between natural and man-made environments. The juxtaposition between manufactured and organic drives me to find the layers behind each of these respective worlds, especially when we look through the lens of science and technology. I’m interested in seeing if these worlds can co-exist and not destroy each other. That being said I’m inspired & driven to find a balance myself as an artist and occupant of this amazing & fragile world that I co-exist in. As a creative, I am inspired to use my talent to investigate patterns from science, nature and art. When I consider the beauty of the ocean, a mountain side or a lush forest, I am also cognizant of the story that may exist there. My work is driven by my desire to discover the layers and stories in these spaces. The story always involves more than meets the eye, such as the development, pollutants and politics that now impact these beautiful natural spaces. In my works, I orchestrate colors, shapes, forms, patterns, and diagrams of molecular studies within an array of mediums. My goal is to invite my viewers in to a dimension that goes beyond 2D visual art hanging on a wall; I want to lure viewers into a complex 4D world that includes the typical visual layers, but also has the textual stories, and an exploration of our environment. By doing this, my work can be a forum for dialogues that may find solutions to protecting the natural environment, which is precious for human survival.

Elaine's ArtPrize Entries

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    Art, Nature & Science

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Elaine Defibaugh
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