Elizabeth Karsch creates vivid, complexly-layered paintings made with a variety of media including acrylic, graphite, colored pencil, spray paint, oil pastel, charcoal, house paint, and more. Her works are intuitively composed of abstract lines and swaths of color, forming abstract compositions that at times seem gestural and familiar. Karsch’s method of mark-making is highly personal: her experiences and surroundings are absorbed into the work as raw energy and unfiltered expression is released into each mark. Karsch’s artistic practice is an alternative language for her, as she uses her studio process to work through personal challenges surrounding speech and to create visual manifestations of her mind’s internal chatter. For Karsch, mark-making goes beyond language even, and has an inherent authenticity and honesty that words lack. She says, “I am motivated by the idea that a person’s energy can be bound into a mark, and the fact that this mark has never been made before and can never be reused.”
Karsch is based in Sag Harbor, NY. She is a 2002 graduate of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY, and studied at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Her work has been exhibited throughout New York including the Queens Museum of Art and Roman Fine Art in East Hampton.
Elizabeth Karsch Why Do We Drink The Mess You Poured? 2020 Pastel, acrylic, charcoal, spray paint, colored pencil & house paint on paper 28” W x 38” H