Completely self-taught, Elvira Bee has been creating images with her camera since the eighties, while pursuing an intense corporate and business workload. She considers her life-long indefatigable curiosity and exposure to art in its myriad expressions accessible in museums, galleries, the streets, media as her ongoing mentor. The current character and state of her art, a creative evolution only since 2013, seemingly follows a trajectory as her accelerating kinship with and fascination about life’s unknowable mysteries. In this journey, she identifies rather keenly with the spirit of an emerging artist, experiencing a desire to be both a teacher wishing to share a nuanced new point of view and a student avidly in hot pursuit to create and experiment.
Her work has been jury-selected for live auctions at museum art gala fundraising events these past 4 years. Occasionally, when her schedule as an IT business co-owner and graphic designer allows, she has joined online art competitions which has consistently awarded her art. Within just these last 3 months, her art has been jury-selected at all four online art competitions she joined following her decision to step up her focus on sharing her art. Unexpectedly, too, she's been invited to exhibit her work by fine art galleries in US and Europe this year.
Artist Statement : e Bee Bantug
borne of light:
hints at genesis unfolding:
unseen worlds in a speck of dust
fractal dimensions untold
hold still this quantum moment
On the trail or in river waters, I stop in my tracks
often in mid-step momentarily suspended:
In space. In time.
There in that stillness within, everything breathes as one:
wind, sun, voices in the water, trees…
All at once, moving as one, we co-create.
Often, brief verses such as these which E Bee Bantug wrote after yet another recent intense moment of delightful art creation, encapsulates and expresses the profound awe and overwhelming gratitude she experiences at every turn as creation unfolds from within her outward in front of her very eyes. And ether –that 'mysterious substance once thought to suffuse the universe' as a dictionary puts it– is alive and pregnant. Indeed, ether along with light, are the bountiful medium and matrix that animate and drive her photographic art.
She purposefully and deliberately uses her camera as paintbrush: racing after movements of light in the ether, she shapes and, literally, as well as figuratively, paints abstract images aiming to penetrate beyond surface realities. And, through all possible ways, she strives to push, blur, and bridge the edges between photography and painting. Offering up more than eye-candy, she challenges the viewer to look at her images from varying distances. Or, with inner eyes peeled, to catch glimpses of inter-dimensional forces at play in the common everyday objects and the natural world around that she photographs –each image a tribute and testimony to omnipresence and co-creation. The elusive is-ness made evident . . . ever naturally, entirely un-Photoshopped.
Practicing this art form is an unending joyful journey of discovery that has become a veritable meditation practice for E Bee; the rewards of which often reveal astounding breakthroughs behind the proverbial veil. Each imagery is a visual presence; a communion with the abundantly rich reality and vital essence rarely accessible, vaguely perceptible, yet that which at each and every moment infinitely surround our busy lives.