Brightwork Fellow 2017-2018
Cliff Elliott makes work that expresses the impact of Western commercialized society on the construct of identity. After receiving an MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 Elliott embarked on an intense and mostly private home studio practice. Working from an expansive visual library primarily compiled through years of dedicated sketchbook keeping, Elliot toggles between digital production and hand-embellishment to create vibrant mixed media collages. Blending both appropriated and original imagery Elliott works intuitively, layering images and marks until the right composition emerges. Using this method Elliott’s practice allows him to explore both the internal and external projections of identity, and as a result each piece reflects an aspect of the self otherwise unseen.