*1940 in Cologne
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Corberon, France

Elizabeth Vary makes wall-mounted cardboard sculptures that she paints with oil and enamel, often combining multiple objects into abstract composites. The surfaces of her pieces hold richly layered abstractions, applied through expressionistic gestures. Vary determines what type of surface (colorful, tonal, or muted) to apply through an intuitive process, responding to the variant surfaces of her materials and the subtleties that emerge from her brushstrokes and color combinations. By extending into space, the painted objects encourage participation on behalf of viewers, inviting them to circle the works in a futile attempt to behold their entirety.

„Elisabeth Vary is a radical painter in so far as she pursues painting to its fundamentals. … Her works do not serve the purpose of illustration, are not suited as evidence for a moment. Often small in format but highly concentrated and condensed, these works offer dialogue through active examination, demand an unreduced, open reception: on the most manifold levels, their parts carry on dialogue with each other, the tension between them develops via the wall and well beyond the total dimension of the given plane: into the room where I, the viewer, encounter the work.“

Beat Wismer

Various solo exhibitions and exhibition participations: a.o. Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal; Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH