elizabeth marruffo

worthless remains

8 february - 9 march 2019

Local artist Elizabeth Marruffo draws upon her own rich cultural background in her artworks. [She has a Mexican/English heritage, and was born in the small border town of Agua Prieta in Sonora, Mexico].

She has been deeply inspired by the street crafts of her Mexican homeland, "where delightful tiny toys are made from pipe cleaners, tin cans and wire, and where religious votive paintings are made from repurposed tin." The memories of these street crafts have become entwined with memories of going to church with her English grandmother, and the meditative rosary reciting of her Mexican grandmother, to form a very gentle, contemplative exhibition of new work. Marruffo sees commonalities between the act of prayer and the making of art. They both create places of escape, spaces of rest and contemplative solitude. She stated, "There are tender consolations in these acts, which can feel like soft, warm embraces when all around is trouble."

The title of her exhibition refers to the evolution of the new artworks, a "gathering of leftover materials including; off cuts from previous exhibitions, remnant clay from children's art classes, unsold paintings, unearthed porcelain dolls and a handed down wedding veil." [All quotes, artist statement 2019]. Although somewhat 'worthless' in monetary terms, she has elevated the humble nature of each remnant by remaking them as highly detailed paintings, tiny intricate sculptures and delicate textile works.

Her exquisite, tiny triangular paintings reference the people in her family, by depicting an eye from each, or the dogs in her life. Their copper leaf backgrounds referencing European religious iconography, whilst the delicate hand decorated frames of the small hexagon paintings recall the ornate frames of Mexican icons and Milagros.

Elizabeth Marruffo studied Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University, graduating with a BA in 2006 and Honours in 2012. She has exhibited regularly since 2007, and her artworks can be found in the collections of Edith Cowan University, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Education Department of WA, City of Wanneroo and St John of God Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 1
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
21 x 18cm
2018
$800
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 2
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
21 x 18cm
2018
$800 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 3
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
21 x 18cm
2018
NFS
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 4
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
21 x 18cm
2018
$800
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 5
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
21 x 18cm
2018
$800
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 6
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
21 x 18cm
2018
$800
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 7
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
18 x 15cm
2018
$650
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 8
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
18 x 15cm
2018
$650 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 9
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
18 x 15cm
2018
$650
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 10
acrylic, oil, gold leaf, polymer clay, beads on wood
18 x 15cm
2018
$650
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 11
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
15 x 13cm
2018
$500
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 12
acrylic, oil, gold leaf, polymer clay, beads on wood
15 x 13cm
2018
$500 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 13
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
15 x 13cm
2018
$500
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 14
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
15 x 13cm
2018
$500
elizabeth marruffo artwork
worthless remains 15
acrylic, oil, polymer clay, beads on wood
15 x 13cm
2018
$500 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
the strawberry thief, she dares to dream
silk, alpaca fibres, beads, silk thread on vintage Mexican wedding veil
280 x 134cm
2018
NFS
elizabeth marruffo artwork
a buried snake
oil, copper leaf on wood
28 x 25cm
2016
$500
elizabeth marruffo artwork
hanging out the washing
acrylic, oil on linen
28 x 25cm
2016
$500
elizabeth marruffo artwork
no shamans to guide us
acrylic, oil, copper leaf on linen
127 x 110cm
2016
$4,000
elizabeth marruffo artwork
stolen goods
acrylic, oil, pastel, gold leaf on linen
127 x 110cm
2016
$5,000
elizabeth marruffo artwork
first
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
second
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
third
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350
elizabeth marruffo artwork
fourth
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350
elizabeth marruffo artwork
fifth
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350
elizabeth marruffo artwork
sixth
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350
elizabeth marruffo artwork
seventh
oil, copper leaf on wood
6 x 6cm
2018
$350 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
eighth
oil, copper leaf on wood
12 x 12cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
ninth
oil, copper leaf on wood
12 x 12cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
mother
oil, copper leaf on wood
12 x 14cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
partner
oil, copper leaf on wood
14 x 15cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
grandmother
oil, copper leaf on wood
11 x 13cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
self 1
oil, copper leaf on wood
13 x 15cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
self 2
oil, copper leaf on wood
11 x 13cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
grandfather
oil, copper leaf on wood
11 x 12cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
uncle
oil, copper leaf on wood
11 x 12cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
son
oil, copper leaf on wood
13 x 15cm
2018
$400 SOLD
elizabeth marruffo artwork
father
oil, copper leaf on wood
12 x 14cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
abuelo
oil, copper leaf on wood
12 x 14cm
2018
$400
elizabeth marruffo artwork
abuela
oil, copper leaf on wood
12 x 14cm
2018
$400