Age 11, I think. That’s about the age when I decided adults were wrong: magic does exist.
As I lay in the grass watching pre-tornado skies, I realized it was all around me, hidden behind the sciences of meteorology, botany, astronomy... the warmth of miracles overshadowed by experiments and equations and proofs. It became clear that the beauty of science, nature, and magic was one and the same, and it saddened me that the miraculous nature of it all had been dismissed so irresponsibly over time. Photo compositing allows me to create metaphorical reminders of the magic and miracles all around us in an attempt to bring humanity back home to its roots: kin of the Earth. So with a nod to Mother Nature and her fairytale existence, I work to seek out equal beauty in the storm as in the sunrise.
Elisabeth Ladwig is an award-winning photographic artist living in the New Jersey Highlands. Her work explores modern surrealism, converging photography, graphic design, and collage art. Fueling Elisabeth’s creations is a grade-school revelation connecting science, nature, and magic: the idea that all of life’s mysteries fall within the parameters of scientific explanation, that science abides by the Laws of Nature, and that all of it is magical. Today, she offers viewers a variety of metaphors for the miracles all around us, and for humankind's relationship with the Earth and with the Cosmos.
Once an idea is born in her sketchbook, Elisabeth sets out to take the photographs she needs to create the image. Her process is variable and spiritually instinctive; often, an image is well on its way or even completed before its concept is fully understood, and that meaning may vary from one viewing to the next. All of her scenes have a strong natural connection, set completely or partially outdoors, often with an anonymous subject. "Anonymity allows the viewer to take part in writing the story," she says, "and that story is going to be different for everyone." Upon finishing her studies in Graphic and Digital Design at Parsons School of Design in NYC, her artistic career began in the music industry where she designed for the likes of Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, and Patrick Stewart, as well as for Broadway productions and major motion pictures. Her current work has appeared in venues from Scottsdale to Rome, on magazine covers, and on digital displays in Times Square and at the Louvre. 2018-2019
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 2019 “Drawn from Nature”, Group Show, 3rd Place, Audubon, PA St. Catherine of Bologna 20th Annual Festival of the Arts, Ringwood, NJ Speakeasy Art Gallery, “These Walls Can Talk”, 10th Anniversary Group Show, Boonton, NJ Art anthology Current Masters Volume 4, back cover winner Our BerkshireTimes Magazine, cover + feature, 2018 holiday issue Speakeasy Art Gallery, “Oddities”, Group Show, Boonton, NJ Tubac Center of the Arts, "Bees and Wax", Group Show, Award of Merit (2nd Place), Tubac, AZ Farmington Museum, 19th Annual "Gateway to Imagination", Group Show, Farmington, NM Webster Arts, "Green", Group Show, St. Louis, MO The Studio Door, "Tarot: The Fool's Journey Through Life", San Diego, CA Our BerkshireTimes Magazine, cover + feature, early Summer 2018 issue Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, "Of a Feather: Birds in Art", Group Show, Dowell, MD Mermaid Megafest 2018, "Tales of the Sea", Group Show, South Haven, MI Spirituality & Health Magazine, Featured Artist, May-June 2018 issue Florence Fest 2018 Art, Jazz & Wine Festival, Group Show, Florence, OR John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 2018 "Drawn from Nature", Group Show, Audubon, PA Spirituality & Health Magazine, Jan-Feb 2018 issue
2015 - 2017
Create! Magazine, December 2017 issue Verum Ultimum Gallery, "Chasing Ghosts II", Group Show, Portland, OR Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, "Kindred: Celebrating Our Ancestors", Group Show, Dowell, MD SpArK Spotlight interview / 4by6.com, San Francisco, CA Squam Art Fair, Holderness, NH Our BerkshireTimes Magazine, cover + feature, May-June 2017 issue Professional Artist magazine, 30th anniversary cover contest winner, April-May 2017 issue Repeat guest speaker at Kinnelon High School, AP Studio Art 2D, Kinnelon, NJ Center for Fine Art Photography, "Home", Group Show, Fort Collins, CO Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, "Games: From Marbles to Minecraft", Group Show, Dowell, MD Speakeasy Art Gallery, “Introspection”, Solo Show, Boonton, NJ Spirituality & Health Magazine, Nov-Dec 2016 issue High Line Open Studios 2016, Chelsea, NYC The Art List's Artist of the Month, August 2016, 2nd Place SeeMe / Chashama Gallery's digital display in Times Square, NYC 70 South Gallery "Ethereal Worlds", Group Show, Morristown, NJ ArtRom "Presenze" : Women in the Arts 2016, Group Show, Rome, IT Linus Galleries "All in Due Time" and "The Seasons" Online Shows, Pasadena, CA The Beast with a Million Eyes Gallery, Solo Show, Nyack, NY ArtRom "Art of Contemplation" Online Show, Special Recognition Award, Rome, IT Publication: Fifth Annual Exposure Award's "Dreamers Collection" SeeMe's digital display at the Louvre, Paris, FR Gallery for.me "Photo Sapiens", Online Show, Brooklyn, NY Art Competition "Flowers of Spring", Online Show, 5th Place Award, Fishkill, NY Art People Gallery Facebook feature, San Francisco (over 16,o00 likes and 2,000 shares) Artist on the Street: Boonton Art Walk in Boonton, NJ (volunteer in support of local art community) SeeMe Takeover's digital display in Times Square, NYC