Elizabeth Irving’s paintings present a mythological interpretation of the Alaska landscape, reflecting a lifetime lived in the far North with formative years spent on the vast, silt-laden Tanana River.
She says her understanding of landscape is complex and personal, inspiring dreamlike images of landscapes in her paintings. According to Irving, the works in this exhibition use boat and river to symbolize the soul’s spiritual travel from the earthly plane to other dimensions.
Informing her process in these works are stories from Egyptian lore, Native American spiritual rites, Greek mythology and stories from her own Viking ancestry. What results within the earthen hues of her large oil paintings is, in her words, “a metaphorical representation of change and transformation.”
About the Artist
Elizabeth Eero Irving is a professional artist living and working in Fairbanks, Alaska. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in documentary photography as a Kreielshiemer Scholar from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. Her master’s degree of fine arts in painting was through Johnson State College, in conjunction with the Vermont Studio Center. She is the recipient of a 2006 Rasmuson Project Award and in 2007, was awarded a Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, administered by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
This exhibition is presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series with support from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Anchorage Museum Foundation Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund.