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.
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.
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I had heard that bee colonies were dying at an alarming rate, but it wasn't until one Summer when I discovered three dead bees during just a two-mile walk with my dog. There are 100 species of crops that provide us with 90% of our food. Of that 90%, 70% is pollinated by bees. That's one in three bites of food we eat, and includes all of our fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Read about The Honeybee Conservancy's work supporting bee sanctuaries, research, education, and outreach.
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My husband and I fell in love with the magic of Muir Woods during our first trip to the West Coast. Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is one of the top eco-friendly charities, protecting millions of acres of wilderness and having helped pass the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Watch the "What We Do" video to learn about their current focus on combatting climate change (you'll need to scroll down a little).
RÉsumÉ and representation
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
Artavita’s anthology Current Masters Volume 4, back cover winner, releasing April 2019
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" (final show), 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