About the Artist
Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2001. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada at Artspeak; Western Front; Contemporary Art Gallery; Mercer Union; Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery; Oakville Gallery; Presentation House; among others. Internationally in New York, Australia, Japan and Belgium. In 2008, Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research Residency and was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the thematic Cosmic Ray Research. Zvonar received the 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor's Award for Emerging Visual Artist; in 2011 she was presented with the Emily Award for outstanding achievement by an Emily Carr alumna. From 2012-15, Zvonar held the post of City of Vancouver Artist in Residence. Zvonar was the 2015 recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation's VIVA award. Her solo presentation, The Challenge of Abstraction exhibited at Daniel Faria Gallery in May 2015 and most recently, her first outdoor installation titled, The Experience debuted at Offsite for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Elizabeth Zvonar is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto.
About The Work
“The process used to make Purple Haze: Hydrangeas in Space began with an analogue cut and paste image that then has been scanned and enlarged digitally and output onto photo paper. The image consists of golden-tipped French manicured nails as stems of a bouquet of star-shaped pompom flowers, the pink and mauve hydrangeas floating in deep space into new frontiers.
In the words of Jimi Hendrix,
Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky…
— Elizabeth Zvonar