Elizabeth Fairgrieve | Ready Mades

Elizabeth enjoyed creating art sometimes out of the rejectamenta of everyday life. This might be cardboard inserts that were destined for the recyclables, or ordinary objects found on the street. She would salvage and adorn them, rescuing them to a place of art in the spirit of Marcel Duchamps. This sense of whimsy was seldom absent; her selective eye primed for adventure.

Elizabeth's whimsy extended to a sense of playfulness and theatricality which made her company a carnival of fun whatever the circumstances. The characters she invented and the expressions she used put her on an equal footing with her mime-storyteller-actor husband, who requested her advice on any Shakespearian monolog he was working on. Elizabeth had a reliable, innate sense of theater, and her oft-requested impression of Stan Laurel never failed to create explosions of laughter. As she was beautiful inside and out, Elizabeth saw beauty around her and in others as well.

As the Navajo Indian prayer goes:
"In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again..."

image The Seeing Eye 2012
image Seeing Eye (detail) 2012