SEE BE­NEATH THE SUR­FACE

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ELIZABETH Strauss is ob­sessed by tex­tures and lay­ers in her art­work.

The Cottes­loe res­i­dent is the lat­est artist to have her work dis­played at an un­used shop at Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tral.

The trans­formed art space is part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts, artists and the shop­ping cen­tre.

Strauss said her paint­ings were in­flu­enced by her work as an ar­chi­tect.

“My work is quite lay­ered and I’ve been in­flu­enced by the places I’ve been,” she said. “I’ve used quite a lot of pat­tern­ing with my art­work, and I’ve been work­ing with sprays and us­ing dif­fer­ent fab­rics to cre­ate more tex­tures.

“In my col­lec­tion there are ab­stract pieces of work as well as land­scapes.”

Strauss said she took in­spi­ra­tion from the sea, as she lived close to Cottes­loe Beach.

“I find in­spi­ra­tion from artists who painted art­works of Cal­i­for­nia in the 1950s and tried to grab that essence; I’m try­ing to do a sim­i­lar thing with Perth,” she said. “It’s in­ter­est­ing to see the re­ac­tion of the pub­lic; a shop­ping cen­tre is full of ma­chine-made things so to have some­thing man­made is quite con­trast­ing.”

Strauss’s art­work will be dis­played at the shop­ping cen­tre un­til Novem­ber 9.

Picture: Bruce Hunt

Artist Elizabeth Strauss with works that will be dis­played at Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tral.

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