Elizabeth Ernst: Mirror Mirror May 2 — July 3, 2014

Elizabeth Ernst is fourteen months younger than her brother David, who was born in 1948 with cerebral palsy. As a way of protecting David, her parents did not let them play outside, confining their playground to the house. It was in her childhood home that Ernst first created her cast of imaginary friends who kept her company. Years later, she is still crafting a cast of characters based on people imagined and real. Mirror Mirror continues the artists’ deep commitment to storytelling, where animals talk, wood and paper mache come alive, and metal objects display a personality.

 

Like Stuart Little, the Tin Man or Peter Rabbit, Ernst’s characters go about daily life, unaware of their difference. In her invented world, people deemed “other” are embraced and seen as the norm, much like the way her family treated her brother, who was physically and emotionally challenged. Ernst explores this idea of transformation in several pieces including Gus in the Kitchen, in which a bird-like man prepares eggs for breakfast; in The Junk Collector, in which a man constructed from wood and metal sits among his fabricated parts; and in Edie Remembering, which shows a woman past her prime, her deep eyes and aged skin hinting at a life well lived. Mirror Mirror takes imagination and holds it up for all to see. Her studio has replaced her childhood home as a place of refuge. It is there, among scraps of metal, wood, plastic, miniature parts, power tools and photographs that her characters are brought to life.

 

All pieces in Mirror Mirror were sculpted or constructed by the artist, then photographed and printed on canvas paper, with acrylic paint added to the surface. All images are one-of-a-kind.

 

Elizabeth Ernst is a tenured Associate Professor in the photography department of Columbia College Chicago. Mirror Mirror is supported in part by a 2013 Faculty Development Grant from Columbia College Chicago.

New works are all unique images printed on photo linen with acrylic paint in various sizes. Pieces range in price from $3200 to $4800.
 

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 

Elizabeth Ernst
75 Lathrop St apt 3E, 2014
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Elizabeth Ernst
Bertha of Beechwood Manor, 2014
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Elizabeth Ernst
Edie Remembering, 2014

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Elizabeth Ernst
Frank and Kitty, 2012
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Elizabeth Ernst
Gus, 2013
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Elizabeth Ernst
Gus In His Kitchen, 2013

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Elizabeth Ernst
Kenny and his concertina, 2013
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Elizabeth Ernst
Leo, 2013

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Olivia's Mother, 2014

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The Junk Collector, 2014

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Elizabeth Ernst
The Poker Game, 2014

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Elizabeth Ernst
The Quiet Man, 2014

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Elizabeth Ernst
Wilhemina, 2013

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Elizabeth Ernst
Wish Bones, 2014

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