Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 01
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 02
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 03
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 04
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 05
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 06
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 07
Elizabeth Malaksa | Sacrifice | Russo Lee Gallery | April 2021 | Installation View 08
Elizabeth Malaska - We Will Remain Separate, 2020
Elizabeth Malaska - Revelations
Elizabeth Malaska - Couple, 2020
Elizabeth Malaska - Chimeras, 2020
Elizabeth Malaska (b. 1978)  Study (2), 2020

Press Release

For the month of April, Russo Lee Gallery is pleased to present Sacrifice by Elizabeth Malaska. This exhibition features 4 large-scale paintings, 2 of which are diptychs. Malaska creates complicated narratives by layering multiple figures and scenes within a scene; some elements are in sharp focus while others are gestural and expressive. Her figures, often female, are surrounded by everyday contemporary objects such as screens, sneakers, and keyboards, which along with cats and vessels and a myriad of patterns, take on mythic meaning in her work. Born and raised in Portland, Malaska earned her MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, after receiving a BFA from the California College of the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Collection in Portland, and, more recently, her work was acquired by the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

A conversation between Elizabeth Malaska and Stephanie Snyder is available on our YouTube channel. Click to watch.