STATEMENT: Inspired by my complicated relationship with organized religion, I conceived of “Altar” to address my anxieties and fears around God. Using hand drawn and digitally composed images, I created a series of large scale illustrations exploring different ideas surrounding religion. The final result is an animated mural, a projection divided into three vertical panels, that mimics reverential art and altarpieces of the middle ages and Renaissance era. Using Judeo-Christian imagery, references from popular culture and mass media, and personal iconography to situate the viewer, my illustrations will both amuse and challenge the audience. I explore ideas surrounding one’s personal relationship with God, prayer, omnipotence, creation, justice, and redemption.
BIO: Elizabeth May is a digital artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an undergraduate degree in art history. She is a student in Pratt’s dual masters program, earning a degree in library and information science and a MFA in digital art. Currently, she is working as a user experience designer at a startup consultancy, Anvil and Gear.