Focused on the games, comics, and advertisements which influenced her while she was growing up in Portugal, Elizabeth Casqueiro pays tribute to the joy and passion they generated as well as their telescopic reach into adulthood. Viewing the works in her solo exhibition, Ballyhoo, we come to realize that her abstracted forms are both playful and serious, rendered in the colors of childhood yet shaped by the questioning of an adult mind wondering about innocence lost and asking the question “do we ever really grow up?” Exciting superhero comic book narratives, with their simplistic dualities of good and evil, remind the artist of the shallow politics of today. The frantic search for advertised treasures in cereal boxes is no different than the quest for greener grass, the perfect bargain, a better standing. Rousing schoolyard games of marbles and jax speak to an all too familiar winner-takes-all market economy.
About the Artist: Elizabeth Casqueiro is a visual artist who was born in England, grew up in Portugal and came to live in the United States, first as a high school exchange student and later as a graduate student. The Washington, DC resident has exhibited her artwork regionally, nationally and internationally including recent solo exhibitions at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA (2018), Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD (2018) and Centro Cultural de Cascais in Cascais, Portugal (2017). Casqueiro has been selected to present work in numerous group exhibitions at art spaces which include Strathmore Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD; Studio Gallery, Washington, DC; Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD; Gallery 42 at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC; Hamptons Art Hub, Sag Harbor, NY; and Galeria Quattro, Leiria, Portugal. Casqueiro earned a Master of International Business Management from the University of Westminster (London, UK) a Master of Architecture from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a BA in Design from Institute of Art and Design Instituto de Arte e Design (IADE) in Lisbon, Portugal. She studied art at St. Martin’s College of Art, London, UK, Corcoran School of Art + Design and Washington Studio School in Washington, DC. In addition to her long career working for the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, she teaches part time in the Master of Real Estate program at Georgetown University.
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