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Elisabeth Ladwig - "Relic"

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Artist: Elisabeth Ladwig
Title: Relic
Medium: Photo Collage on Watercolor Paper
Dimensions: 27"h x18"w

Limited edition of 17; piece is unframed. Also available framed. Limited editions available in 4 other sizes.

"I love treasure hunting. Any time of year, I scout the yard for relics and other clues as to who has come to visit. Creatures large and small leave tracks in the snow, and winged dinosaurs drop eggshells in the Spring. Nibbles out of the raspberries and pears tell stories of busy groundhogs, squirrels, birds, deer, and bear, busy at work securing nourishment and habitat. Some have welcomed new little additions to their families; others have met their fate. As the once bright yellow forsythia flowers wilt and fade, the pink and white blossoms of the apple trees take their place. Entrances and exits fade into and out of each other. The morning offers a chorus of chickadees, warblers, and wrens accompanied by the percussion of a downy woodpecker... or the squeal of a chipmunk being snatched up by a Cooper’s hawk. Dusk fills its silence with infinite peepers and the mating call of a red fox. The opportunity to know these creatures and to study their relics up close is a great privilege; and whether the stories bring laughter, tears, or jaw-dropping awe, they all have meaning. They all have purpose." Elisabeth Ladwig

"Relic" presents a surreal and dreamlike scene. At the center stands a figure of a woman in a white, flowing dress, her dark hair whipped by an unseen breeze. Her face is not visible as she is looking towards the horizon. Above her floats an oversized bone structure, resembling a massive gate from colossal animal bones. Perched atop one side of this bone structure is a raven with its wings partially spread. There is also a loose feather lying on the ground. The setting is an outdoor landscape, characterized by a grassy field and sparse trees in the background. The sky is overcast, and a large, ominous full moon hangs low in the sky, adding to the ethereal ambience of the tableau. Overall, the artwork evokes a theme of treasures found in the natural world.