The Ballerina

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Elizabeth Meldrum
Air-dry clay, animal jaw bones, recycled wood & wire


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The Artist

I have a small hobby farm - my animals are my children. I love working with clay. I’m learning paper craft and paper quilling. I like to collect animal bones and sea creatures that get washed up. I have suffered with mental illness nearly all my life.

Artist Statement

I love making things with clay as it helps quiet my mind. I also collect animal bones and add them to my clay work. I like to see the absolute beauty in the things that some would see as repulsive or not quite right. Because it is beautiful. There is beauty in everything if we could really see and not just look. The Ballarina - to me - is a woman odd shape, unusual shaped legs but she is beautiful and will not let the oddness stop her from living her life instead of just existing because society won’t see her as the ‘typical’ ballerina.