These paintings are far more than representations of flowers. There is a hint of darkness in the fluid movements of sensuous stalks and leaves and petals. The colors are rich and the images reach beyond the confines of paper or canvas. An air of mystery, almost suspense, pervades.
Elizabeth Riggle has charted her own course in the world, leaving home at sixteen. After receiving a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago she continued to work and exhibit in Chicago. Since coming to New York she has participated in a number of venues, including “Outside In” Le Petit Versailles Community Garden, 2004 – 2006; “War (is over)” Sideshow, 2007, and “Parts is Parts: An Exercise in Wishful Thinking,” a site specific installation with knitted copper wire, NYC, 2005.
The experience of loss, her reaction to it and her recovery from it, is the recurrent thread in Elizabeth Riggle’s work. It is what knits together the whole.