This is an excerpt from an article in the Collegio, Pittsburg State University's student publication.
“The paintings exude fertility and religious imagery, a clash that Elizabeth Darling is drawn to. Her interest in the relationship between spirituality and sexuality comes across in her paintings, which sport sexual symbolism and common religious themes. Although this subject matter is not an easy one to tackle, Darling has been musing on this topic for a long time. ‘I’ve compiled some of the pieces that I’ve been working on for the past few semesters into a body of work that is somewhat cohesive,’ Darling said. ‘I think it’s probably been a little bit different for everyone. I chose to work with that particular content area.’ While the show was the premiere for several of her classmates, Darling has had a bit of experience with art displays. She participates in the University Artists Association, which allowed her to put out several of her works. However, this was her first experience with hanging an art show. Darling knew from the beginning what pieces and concepts she wanted to include in her show. However, especially when it comes to art, things don’t always go as planned. ‘I actually planned on having a lot more pieces that were within the same theme that were ready for the show, but I just didn’t get them done in time,’ she said. The artistic process for Darling has no set beginning or end, just a continuous cycle of creation. ‘It’s just a process, kind of an evolution,” she said. ‘As far as a time frame goes, there’s not really one.’”
- Madison Dennis