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Elizabeth Marran
UNITED STATES, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Marran teaches art at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has exhibited work in painting, printmaking and drawing nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Kingston Gallery in Boston Massachusetts, The Boston Printmakers Biennial at Boston University and Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut. She has exhibited work in museums that include the California Museum of Art, The Fogg Museum at Harvard University and the Hudson River Museum in New York. Her work is in the collections of the Fogg Museum and the Boston Public Library. She also has been a fellow at the Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire and at the Salzburg Council for the Arts, Residency Program in Salzburg, Austria.

This piece is about desire and reality. It is autobiographical and self-referential. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the personal content, with the geometric purity and emptiness of the coaster shape. I like the way image and text function with the utilitarian coaster. It becomes suggestive and leads the viewer to their own associations. There are 100 coasters, divided into three different colors that play off the words, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” I received two fortune cookies in two consecutive weeks that had this phrase and was struck by the profound meaning of my fortune.