Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University is hosting "Virtue and Vice: The World of Lizbeth Anderson" in the Akus Gallery through Feb. 28. A reception will take place on Jan. 31 from 5-7 p.m.
Anderson is a mixed-media artist, tattooer and art historian.
She works in a variety of media including paint, beeswax, collage, techniques of printmaking and skin. She also teaches historical painting techniques focused on the methods of the medieval and Renaissance Italian masters. She shows and sells her artwork at various venues.
Anderson has traveled extensively in Italy and has studied the work and culture of 14th century Tuscan painters, as well as Baroque Italian sculpture and architecture. She has an acute interest in skin, anatomy and the history of tattooing. "Beeswax became a way for me to explore metaphorically the physicality of the body without being a traditionally figurative painter," said Anderson. "Its luminous, visceral and literally alchemical properties became carriers for the content of my work. Ultimately, the intersection of the physical body and the spirit, of instinct and intellect, of virtue and vice, has been the motivation for me to make work for as long as I can remember."
The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer Hall at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m. on Thursday and 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.