Photo: Elizabeth Lewis in Cardiff, Wales

Elizabeth Lewis

Artist

Concepts Since starting to work in three-dimensions, I have developed the ability to visualise potential in unlikely objects. This has meant that my imagination has been exercised continually for 30+ years - and it continues to be so, either by requests from clients, or by my own ideas. 'Aero-engines', 'Plumbing', 'Early photography' 'Oil rigs', 'Hot metal process of printing newspapers' and 'Orthodontic appliances' are some of the site-specific subjects commissioned in the past. 'Computer technology' is the subject of a present commission. The most important criterion has always been to create a work of art - the recognition of the products used coming later. A few years ago I started working with mirror frames. The reflective quality of the mirror-glass depicts sky or water in the wildlife subjects and, in all designs, it complements the metals and resins used.Influences Ancient cultures, nature, mythologyCareer path I am self-taught. This has meant that my reputation has been built entirely on the works that I have produced. I don't regret the lack of formal training which, in the era when I would have been attending an art school, would have been quite restricting. I didn't know the rules, therefore I didn't know I was breaking them, which in turn gave me creative freedom. With each commission or each collection of work produced for galleries, I felt that my artistic horizons were expanding and this is continuing. I still have many components from industrial processes in the 1970s, which are no longer produced. Their peculiarity and rarity add another dimension to my work. read full statement

Location Cardiff, Wales
Activities Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Jewellery, Metalwork
Website http://elewis.eu