Elizabeth Cheche


Elizabeth Cheche emerges as a narrative surrealist in possession of technical savoir faire and a large bank of dream-state imagery at her disposal. She manipulates these with skill and a definite openness to spontaneous ideation, first in her own creative process and thereafter every time a viewer experiences her work. Variations of the stage and its accoutrements often provide settings and props for the dramatris personae in Cheche’s paintings. She gives the spectator figures in action or in repose, always in some kind of costume, and always involved in something of perplexing internal/external significance.

For those who appreciate the mysteries and ambiguities of symbolism, Cheche’s work can provoke all manner of takes and interpretations according to the philosophical and psychological idiosyncrasies each individual brings to ta viewing. And that is just as she likes it. Her role is to present beautifully painted arrangements of symbolic people, things, and stagings.

If asked how she interprets any of the elements and ensembles portrayed in her work, Cheche is likely to respond with her own question. Her archetypal symbology is both universal and particular, giving extra charge to viewing of her work. Her paintings are sophisticated, wry, often ironic, lovely to look at and enjoyable to analyze and interpret.

— Wolfgang Mabry