About the Artist
Elizabeth Chapin is a Contemporary American portrait artist whose mixed media work explores and deconstructs the ideas of nostalgia, gender roles and the status quo through an anthropological lens. Born in Jackson, MS, Chapin received her BFA at the University of Virginia and has also studied at The Parson School of Design in Paris. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States including in New York, NY; Austin, TX; New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; and Jackson, MS, among others. In 2020, she was awarded a residency in Florence, Italy, through Feminist Art Collective Toronto. Her work has been featured on platforms such as Whitewall, Forbes Magazine, Luxe Magazine, ArtDaily, Artsy, The Vale Magazine, The English Room, Tribeza, Glasstire, Sightlines, Aether Magazine, and The Good Word. Chapin currently lives and works in Austin, TX.
Elizabeth Chapin is a Contemporary American portrait artist whose mixed media work explores and deconstructs the ideas of nostalgia, gender roles (especially those of women) and the status quo through an anthropological lens. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States including in New York, NY; Austin, TX; New Orleans, LA; Nashville, TN; and Jackson, MS, among others.Recently, Chapin’s portrait work has evolved by incorporating a variety of mixed media onto stuffed canvases, turning an otherwise flat portrait into a 3D manifestation. For her 2019 solo exhibition, Deconstructing Nostalgia, at the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX, Chapin used the language of her traditional Southern upbringing to reveal certain truths that were masked by gentility, beauty and decoration. Embellishing her works with undulating fringe, silk and tulle ruffles, neon curls and crystallized plexiglass “lace”, Chapin developed her own visual vernacular to explore themes of nostalgia, status, privilege, tolerance, freedom and discomfort.Chapin’s portraiture is always a visual reflection of the dialogue (said and unsaid) between herself and her model. Young women are often the subjects of Chapin’s pieces, many of whom are in transition or caught in the collateral instability of competitiveness, desirability, observation and anxiety. Having grown up in a culture with a narrowly defined ideal of success and beauty, Chapin’s works rebuild what it actually means to be a woman. Her portraits wholly convey Chapin’s hope for women to be utterly themselves--free of both shame and duress.Her most recent body of work continues to push both this desire and the bounds of what defines painting, creating environments, many of which are lit, contain secret pockets and aromatic features. Banishment of Solitude premiered in 2021 at Martine Chaisson Gallery in New Orleans. In these works, Chapin explores how archetypal and foundational myths, from Eve in Eden to the birth of Venus, inform women's responses to themselves and each other irl and online. Using a frame of Greek, Sumerian, Egyptian and biblical stories, Chapin deconstructs the crafted identities we present to the world, likening social media to an ongoing religion of both self creation and self exile. Chapin currently lives and works in Austin, TX.