Before Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, we had no knowledge of our separateness from ourselves, from one another and from nature. Each of us suffers that loss; we wake each morning as refugees.
Once people traveled underground into the dark caves of Lascaux to draw horses on the wall. It was the need to reconnect that drove them down into the dark with their weak torches.
As children we have an innate understanding and desire to get close to the primal power (and identification with the abject powerlessness) of the animal. The bear is made benevolent in its childlikeness and becomes the attaché to the private world of the child. The young heroine of National Velvet keeps a shoe box under her bed filled with paper cutouts of horses; when she takes them out to play with them the air becomes charged with ritual and desire. Toys become totems.
The dog entered my circle of fire very early on, offering to become my closest friend, my teacher, and still…no matter how many mindful hours we spend together there remains between us a space that no language can cross.
Art, for me, remains a way to meet the animal, perhaps within myself, perhaps to mourn what’s lost.
- Elizabeth Knight
MFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
BA University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Independent study and workshops in embroidery, weaving and antique American samplers and textiles.
The House Inside, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN
A Contemporary Bestiary, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, OR
I Never Complained About the Past: New Work/New Year, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
Pastoral, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Animal History Boxes, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Next, Grand Opening Show, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland OR, Oct 2005
Toys and Totems, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Gender in Conflict, 24th Annual Gender Symposium, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. Curated by Barbara Bartholomew
Summer Group Show, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Dog Show, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Illuminations, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland,OR
The Dog and Pony Show, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
Mortal Frames, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Samplers, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
Drawing at the Zoo, Portland Community College Gallery
Willamette Valley Juried Exhibition, Corvallis, OR-Juror’s Prize
Gallery 114, Portland, OR
Multnomah Art Center, Portland, OR
Convergence ‘96, Portland, OR
Strange Angels, Portland Community College Gallery, Portland, OR
Art Show at the Dog Show, American Dog Museum, St. Louis, MO
Portland Community College
Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship
Row, D.K. “Felt Like an Animal to Her, ”The Oregonian, Dec. 24, page 25
Wood, Deborah, “Pooch Portraits,” The Oregonian, November 27
“Portfolio,” American Craft, Oct/Nov
“Sleight of Hand,” Fiberarts Magazine, Sept./Oct. issue