Elizabeth D’Agostino

Working with the notion of cohabitation, mutation and extinction as it relates to the rapidly producing populations that continually alter the landscape, familiar elements in nature and structure are re-purposed to create new narratives modified by their characteristics and surroundings. Each project illustrates animal nature and the complexities of the changing landscape emphasizing how various paths of nature have been interrupted.

My interests in biodiversity, human interactions as well as naturalistic forms within architecture have evolved into fictitious environments merging elements both imagined and real. The research of entomology, botany and particular species of birds and insects remind me of familial sites and surroundings both past and present. It embodies a sense of individual desire to recapture and restore memories and fragments of historical passages, which influence my daily life. I continue to record and display details of growth while many of these environments are drawn up through imagination producing new oddities of growth, complex root systems and hybridized forms of nature and habitats. The relationships of the images and objects I use are specific to natural sites and re-count the observation and curiosities of hybridized forms. These subjects are extracted from the world of nature and assigned to new roles within an invented landscape. The narrative imagery exists in a dreamlike world where fleeting images are present, alluding to nostalgia and for the comfort of the familiar finally evolving into objects of curiosity.

Scientific illustrations of insects, vegetable and animal life fuel my interests as they are continually influenced and modified by culture, space and environment. In my artwork, they are displayed within complex settings as delicate curiosities where the natural world connects with the human-made world. Components familiar with particular landscapes and specific facets of nature, interwoven into new settings are repeated within each composition. These are often patterns that are affected by continual growth and change and are frequently depicted as backdrops or motifs printed onto paper. Additionally, they are common examples repetitive in order much like landscape; used to adorn surfaces and are often collected, stored, displayed.

Observational drawing and fieldwork in the area of biodiversity and scientific illustrations guides each project. As the printed image evolves content and form are materialized and both presentation and substrate are determined. My recent projects include multi-layered prints with sculpture and installation, while also collaborating with digital and video work.


Exhibitions at Loop

2014 – A Curious Assortment

2013 – Nature Collapse

2010 – Artifacts of the Self-Made