Sea Paper (1987)
About this artwork
This work consists of a frond of seaweed delicately drawn in pencil on handmade paper. The subject of all of Elizabeth Ogilvie's art is the sea, as she seeks to evoke its movement and the abstract patterns it creates. The shape of the seaweed in this work suggests the rhythms of the sea, as if it is moving gently in the waves. Drawing in graphite is a labour-intensive process, very different from the loose and expressive style popular among some artists during the previous decade.
Elizabeth Ogilvie was born in Aberdeen and studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art from 1964 to 1969. After spending a further post graduate year working on plaster reliefs, she turned to making pencil drawings on paper. Ogilvie has used this medium predominantly ever since. As a descendent of dwellers from the isolated island of St Kilda, Ogilvie is fascinated by the sea. Taking it as the subject of all her work, she explores its mythology, rhythms and the abstract forms and patterns it creates.