Elizabeth Hewson is a mixed media artist from Southern Ontario, Canada. She earned her BFA from Thompson Rivers University and went on to complete a BA in History from Laurentian University. Inspired by the vibrant art and culture of Canada’s west coast her work seeks to combine historical techniques with new methods and materials.
She has a passion for learning and this constant search for knowledge keeps her work and life moving. It is through the fabrication process that she finds her inspiration and seeks to provide visual cues to connect with the viewer and their own unique experiences.
Her current work is about the childhood experience. As children we are full of raw emotion, we have the ability to believe with our whole being and to create a world that is entirely our own. Though we are filled with wonder, we are also filled with fear and these two feelings often go hand in hand. This duality of emotion is what Hewson strives to accomplish in her work. She wants to create a dream like image that is on the edge: surreal, beautiful and haunting. An image that gives the viewer an urge to go and look closer, despite a prickling on the back of their neck. Through this juxtaposition of joy and danger a personal narrative is formed, though it is up to the viewer’s imagination to decide where it will go. She loves to hear how people respond to the work and hopes that it has, in some small way, made them closer to the intensity and imagination of their inner child.