Elizabeth Neel works primarily in painting in an exploration of the hypnotic and complex nuances of abstraction, chaos in existence with order, and the individual in relation to the landscape. Her paintings are acts of accumulating fluid, working through a process of action and response. Neel’s expressionistic techniques include pouring, brushing, printing, rolling, folding, and dragging acrylic paint onto un-stretched raw canvas, embracing both the deliberate and the unpredictable qualities of paint. Once stretched, the paintings envelope the viewer in a mystic experience wherein new and different discoveries of shape and form are uncovered upon each viewing. The mirrored shapes often seen in her work are achieved by folding wet canvas, creating images that resemble those found in Rorschach tests — whereby a patient of psychoanalysis is shown abstract patterns and asked to identify what he or she can see. Much like the Rorschach, for Neel, there is not a singular truth behind each work, but a multitude of collective interpretations through gestural mark making. As the granddaughter of American portrait painter, Alice Neeland sister of filmmaker Andrew Neel, Elizabeth Neel’s practice is informed by her life in rural and urban spaces, the knowledge of film, the use of paint to conjure narrative and elicit figuration even in abstraction, as well as nods to art historic sources. Neel’s works are emphatically of this moment, as she collects an expanding index of anonymous images culled from the internet that reflect real world subject matter used as source material for her paintings — from animal x-rays to architecture, flora, and art historic references.