Elaine Ashburn

Briarcliff Manor, NY, United States

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It all began at the recycling center in Hastings-on-Hudson. I noticed people leaving large objects—like old street lamps and antique velvet couches—outside the recycling bins. I was fascinated. To me they were beautiful objects that needed to be preserved. Since I couldn’t bring them home, I started taking pictures of everything I found: galoshes, angels, glass bottles, tattered tarot cards, and dusty jewelry. I was fixated and went back week after week for more. I seemed to have developed an affinity for junk. An advertising art director by trade, my Photoshop abilities were very good at the time, so I started making collages. Gradually, using my art school skills, the art history classes I snoozed through, and anything else I could conjure up, I discovered a pattern of interpretation and digital découpage was born. I’m always on the lookout for the whimsical, the magical, the tarnished but beautiful, the poetic and painterly, the grasp of the obvious. An inspired day or a fleeting thought all blend into my mental mixmaster with a sprinkle of fantasy.

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Traveling With Eyes Closed, 2022

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1800

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Traditional Ties, 2022

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1800

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

The Tortured Soul, 2022

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1800

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Astral Goddess, 2022

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1800

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Forest Full of Dreams

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

(Seeing the World) Through Rose-Colored Galoshes, 2010

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Brussels Boy with Sprouts and Fish, 2019

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Gateway to the Cosmos, 2021

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Harlequin Dreams, 2021

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Iron Or…, 2013

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Mannequin Madonna, 2022

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Meeting in the Moonlight, 2021

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Racing Through Space and Time, 2021

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

She Who Laughs Last, 2018

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Wheels in Motion, 2010

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper

Warning: They Show Up in Groups, 2021

Digital Découpage

14.5" x 19"

$1500

Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, 100% cotton, acid-free archival paper