Artist of the Month
sculpts in a variety of mediums
says she finds inspiration in nature
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (August 2012) Elizabeth Kirkwood
began her artistic career as a sculptor. She has evolved over time to
now be able to express herself in a variety of mediums that exhibit
her wide range of artistic ability.
As an artist, she is self-taught. Im what many consider
an outsider artist, said Kirkwood, who resides in
La Grange, Ky. I have taught myself what I needed to know to get
the message across through my work.
Kirkwood is a native
of Mississippi who found her
way to Oldham County via California.
After working for a time with large pieces of stone weighing
hundreds of pounds that became too difficult for her to move by herself,
Kirkwood realized that she needed to use materials that could move themselves,
she said. Kirkwood eventually began working in what she terms portable
She began crafting jewelry, or wearable art, she said. Kirkwood
often uses kiln-fired glass and vintage beads. I like using found
objects. Ill use anything that looks interesting, such as
driftwood and sandpaper disks.
At age 62, her solo sculpting shows have been what she termed, my
take on life. She is an active supporter of consumer, social justice,
and environmental and animal rights organizations, themes that are often
reflected in her artwork.
Kirkwood will be the featured Artist of the Month for August at Gallery
104 in La Grange. This exhibit will include her photography and two-dimensional
mixed media work as well.
Kirkwood said she manipulates and uses photography as part of
mixed media pieces, that she creates.
Elizabeth is one of our most prolific artists as both a jeweler
and multimedia 2D artists and sculptor, said Kathy Dowling, executive
director for Gallery 104 and Arts Association of Oldham County. She
is a founding member of the Arts Association of Oldham County and Gallery
Artists of the Month are chosen at random by our Galley 104 group
of artists, Dowling said. They are invited to have double
the display space at Gallery 104. The gallery is owned and operated
by the Arts Association of Oldham County.
Born in Mississippi, Kirkwood has lived half of her life in the Deep
South and northern California. She moved from Sonoma County, Calif.,
to Kentucky while working for Hospice.
After commuting to Oldham County from Louisville for a time, she decided
to move to La Grange. She has worked as a nurse for 34 years, most recently
as a psychiatric nurse for the local Seven Counties Services psychiatric
I love the energy in her use of color, texture and form in all
of her works, said Dowling. She is one of our only artists
who arent afraid of going abstract. She seems to use her artwork
as her own therapy, stress relief and as an expression of her passions.
In addition to being a member of the Arts Association of Oldham County
for the last five years, Kirkwood is a member of Enid: Generations of
Women Sculptors in Louisville. The group is comprised of a number of
well-known Louisville artists, she said.
Like many artists, Kirkwood appreciates the beauty to be found in nature.
When creating artwork she is also inspired by animals and even human
nature at times. She doesnt necessarily have a favorite medium
to work in, but chooses one based on what I have to say as an
For more information on Elizabeth Kirkwood
visit her website at www.e-art-gallery.com.
For more information on the Arts of the Month series at Gallery 104,
contact Kathy Dowling at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.Gallery104.org.
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