Eliza Douglas’s paintings capture repeated structures and gestures painted from snapshots taken by the artist of her body and clothing. In a recent group of works, Douglas paints an array of patterned shirts with pockets each filled with a pack of cigarettes. The cigarettes show images from the European anti-smoking campaign. In this context the imagery takes on more a gothic quality and the staged propaganda portraits read as paintings within the painting.
Douglas (b. 1984, New York, NY) lives and works in Berlin and New York. She received her MFA from the Staedelschule in Frankfurt and her BA from Bard College in New York. Recent solo exhibitions of Douglas’s work have been organized by institutions including the Jewish Museum in New York, the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin, Museum Folkwang in Essen, and the Kunstverein in Wiesbaden.