Elisabeth Ladwig is an award-winning photographic artist living in "bear country", New Jersey. Her work is the convergence of a graphic design career and a personal fondness for collage art. A grade-school revelation connecting science, nature, and magic fuels her creations ~ 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, Patrick Stewart, for Broadway, and for major motion pictures. Her current photo artistry has been represented by galleries from Scottsdale to Rome, and has been digitally displayed in Times Square and at the Louvre. Elisabeth's work was chosen for "Presenze" ("Presence"), an international exhibition of Women in the Arts 2016.
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 suppressed by experiments and equations and proofs. It became clear that the beauty of science, nature, and magic was indeed one in 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 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.
When you purchase art from the Elisabeth on Earth website, you help make the Earth a cleaner, healthier place for all of us. At checkout, you will be able to choose one of three charities (subject to change):
Can you tell I love birds? Your purchase will support Audubon’s mission: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity. Audubon's priority bird species are those of significant conservation need. Check out the Watchlists.
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My husband and I fell in love with the magical 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).
Cover of Our Berkshire Times Magazine, May-June 2017 issue
Cover of Professional Artist magazine, April-May 2017 issue
Speakeasy Art Gallery, Solo Show, Boonton, NJ
The Wit Gallery, Lenox, MA
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
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
Jules Place Gallery, Boston, MA
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
Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
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 16,700 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
January 1, 2015: Launched this website!
Parsons School of Design, NYC
McGill University, Montreal