"Part of the shock in Elizabeth Gurrier’s work comes from her medium. She creates all of her pieces from fine, unbleached muslin, and uses quilting (often by machine stitching) and trapunto to create texture, light and shade. Only the faces have colour, embroidered or dusted on in the softest of blending shades.
"The effect of this pure white medium is to make our everyday world, where pillows and handbags and quilts are useful objects, into a world of pure form. Gurrier sees the world as white space. What is alive and vital, Gurrier’s pieces tell us, is the world of the faces, the Anima, peering through in ancient judgment from behind the Form.
"Gurrier’s work reveals the same Anima known by the medieval cathedral workmen who broke the perfection of gothic pillars with images of little faces from the old religion, peering through. Her affinity with the ancient carvers is acknowledged in the form as well as the spirit of her pieces."
—Jo Anne Claus, Saint John Telegraph Journal, Canada
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