Some artists have a material or a color that they return to again and again. Printmaker Elizabeth Foley has a shape: the circle. As far as simple geometry goes, it’s an auspicious choice, alluding to the sun, the moon and the planets; the wheel; bubbles and molecules; and notions of wholeness. Her monoprints and collagraphs—techniques that produce unique prints rather than multiples—exude above all a sense of balance: between vibrancy and calm, pattern and color, focus and diffuseness. Where to exhibit and view them seems key. In some places we want artworks to ask questions that make us uncomfortable, elsewhere we desire them for solace or gentle distraction. Foley makes the latter type of images, and infinite are the places in which they are needed.
—Lori Waxman 3/25/17 4:11 PM