Elizabeth Katherine Porcel was born and raised in Long Island, NY. She studied at the Pratt Institute, completed an AAS in Mortuary Science at Nassau Community College. After working in the Funeral Service Industry for a few years she moved to Atlanta, GA for love. There she completed her BFA (summa cum laude) in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Her young interest in craft, color and biology still influence her work.
As a child, her mother took her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see tapestries and early Christian Art. When she was at Pratt she spent hours in the library perusing The Thinking Eye by Paul Klee. Other artistic influences include Helen Frankenthaler, Joseph Albers, Henri Rousseau, George Seurat, Mary Kelly and Lynda Benglis to name a few.
Porcel worked as an apprentice for a local sculptor when in High School going on to study drawing under Herbert Beerman. While studying mortuary science she worked in the shop of Irene Heckel-Volpe, a teddy bear artist, acquiring some fiber arts skills. She has recently begun learning additional fiber skills from Leisa Rich. While at SCAD Meg Aubrey and Larry Jens Anderson were the most influential professors.
Working in all paints and experimenting with new materials are important to her practice. She has knit, poured and stained with acrylic paint. Water-soluble oil provides a shorter drying time and offers more room for experimentation. Porcel has built sculptures out of the remnants of motherhood and has applied gesso to faux fur to paint on – creating a low relief sculptural quality.
Elizabeth Porcel has exhibited her work in juried exhibitions in California, Hawaii, Illinois and Georgia. She calls Atlanta home.
Drawing a parallel between the rhythm of making and organic cycles her paintings create space for contemplation. The texture created whether by rhythmic mark making or sculptural tactility addresses our want for things to simultaneously concrete and ephemeral; offering the viewer a visual meditation
Bachelor of Fine Art summa cum laude, Painting,
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
Associate of Applied Science, Mortuary Science,
Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
2002 –2004 The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Embrace the Future, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Gala benefiting Gigi's Playhouse, Atlanta
Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, GA
Biking for Better Days, Hotlanta Yoga, Atlanta,
Unicef Next Gen Art Party, Les Fais do-do,
An Affair of the Arts, CDAC, Atlanta, GA
Imaginary Million, WonderRoot, Les Fais do-
do, Atlanta, GA
On the Move, Guttstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
Love Me Anyway, The Downtown Players Club,
Labyrinths: Circadian Alignments, Mason
Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of
Art, Augusta, GA (Juror: Michael Rooks)
Modern Love, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
Sacred and Liturgical, Springfield Art
Association, Springfield, IL
Postcard Pin-Up Show, Mint, Atlanta, GA
Off-The-Wall Pin-Up Show, Museum of
Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Open Studio Night, 1600 Peachtree Rd.,
Animal Spirit, Location 1980, Costa Mesa, CA
Freaks and the Human Ideal, the University of
Hawaii at Hilo Mo’okini Library, Hilo, HI
(Juror: Yuji Hiratsuka)
Seen/Unseen, Jack Art, Atlanta, GA
After Image, Ferrari Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Open Studio Night, 1600 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta,
Off-The-Wall Pin-Up Show, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Nineisms, Further Polycontemporary Gallery, Atlanta, GA