a passion for stone
Elizabeth Merei, a Hungarian born artist came to Toronto in 1972 where she currently lives and works. She did not actually begin sculpting until after her move, however her artistic talents were visible at an early age. Growing up in Szombathely, a city with a 2,000 year old history, made a lifelong impression on her. Observing the silent remnants of the past reminded her of the hidden mysteries of times gone by.
In 1979 she carved her very first sculpture in stone and it became her ultimate form of expression. Elizabeth has a keen interest in the human form which embodies beauty, spirit and harmony. “I try to express joy, anger, sadness and the human experiences that fall between.”
Elizabeth carves directly into the stone without models or maquettes. Using the natural stone with its imperfections and sudden temper to its best advantage became an ongoing challenge. She has been exhibiting her work in Canada, USA and abroad since 1984. Her work is easily recognizable with its tension between smooth and rough surfaces. Her sculptures exude a sensuality that is as prevalent in an abstract form as in a classical figure. “Merei’s most impressive pieces are firmly linked to the Western classical tradition.”