"I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality." - Frida Kahlo
My work is about visually exploring and illustrating the conceptual theme: We Are Nature.
PHOTO | My photos capture expansive views of untouched landscape, evoking the wildness of minimally manipulated locations, calling into question concepts of dominance and control. In contrast, I also magnify the deceptive frailty and courageous vulnerability of flowers in photo as an attempt to embody those qualities within myself.
PAINT | My paintings are primarily acrylic on wood with prints available upon request. I combine indigenous and ancestral traditions with a bold and contemporary aesthetic, weaving mixed media and stippling where appropriate.
FILM | My feature films are about uncommon characters who transform through common human experiences in unexpected locations. I weave together contemporary social issues, elements of ancestral/ magical realism, and everyday human experience to construct and define our global mythology through image and word.
Elizabeth Daphne Foggie is the founder and CEO of The People’s Studio LLC based in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Born in Germany, raised in North Florida, and a PhD candidate in Switzerland, Elizabeth mixes an Afro-European aesthetic with earthy, indigenous roots. Her most notable projects include cofounder of Be Social Change, project manager for a series of Black Women’s Gardens installations, and chair of the archival art book committee for The Black Woman is God. Her visual artwork announces, "We Are Nature" by capturing in photograph vast natural landscapes of foreign lands, magnifying the majesty of the smallest flower, and curating editorial snapshots that place the human form somewhere in between. She evokes humanity's indigenous, earth-based traditions as inspiration for her paintings and skillfully weaves them into her screenplays. Currently she is working on her first feature film, Heim.