SEE BENEATH THE SURFACE
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.
Artist Elizabeth Strauss with works that will be displayed at Victoria Park Central.