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Elisabeth Ladwig - "Joy in the Shadows"

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Artist: Elisabeth Ladwig
Title: Joy in the Shadows
Medium: Photo Collage on Watercolor Paper
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Printed on museum-grade, textured fine art paper (100% rag archival). Unframed fine art prints. 

18"h x 12"w: Edition of 50
27"h x 18"w: Edition of 36
35" h x 23"w: Edition of 17
54"h x 36"w: Edition of 5

"I don’t know about you, but my interests shift a lot. I find a new thing and pour my energy into it for a while, learning and experimenting until I discover something else that grasps my attention. An eternal jack of all trades. It's not a bad thing, but I've always lightly mourned the previous interests that were once such a big part of my life, the fallen leaves, old knowledge now diminished to its bare bones. It seems a lifetime ago that I was crafting jewelry from clockwork parts, songwriting with my guitar, concocting home remedies for minor ailments, and taking every opportunity to greet the moon. Any one of these periods along my timeline could be revived if I chose to nourish it; in the meantime, remembering makes me smile. There is such joy in the shadows." Elisabeth Ladwig

"Joy in the Shadows" displays a surreal and dreamlike scene. In the foreground, there's a woman with her back to the viewer, dressed in a long-sleeved blouse and a full, voluminous dark skirt with a petticoat. She appears in motion, tipping over a translucent, silver watering can, from which liquid flows. The background consists of a barren landscape with an old, dilapidated wooden house to the right. The house is abandoned, with a broken window and door askew. Nearby, three leafless trees stand beside the woman, some full and the other with broken branches, enhancing the desolate feel. From the ground sprouts a curious object, a clockwork gear that resembles jewelry, seemingly defying gravity. An oversized full moon, tinted with blue, dominates the sky to the upper right. The sky itself is a mix of night blue and sunset orange hues, lending an eerie atmosphere to the scene. The coloration and content of the image suggests an intersection of reality and imagination, creating a thought-provoking and visually striking composition.