Accredited Professional Member
Paterson graduated from the Victoria College of the Arts Drama School in 1979. She worked in professional theatre for many years before gradually moving into the visual arts. Completing a Graduate Diploma in Sculpture at the ANU School of Art in 1994 was a significant step in this transition.
Paterson has mostly developed her practice through solo exhibitions where in her shows she pursues a particular theme in depth and responds to each exhibition space, creating an installation rather than focusing on separate objects. Galleries in which she has exhibited include the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Gallery and the Australian National Botanic Gardens Gallery.
Alongside, and often stemming out of her exhibition work, Elizabeth has completed many commissions. In 2013 she created a large papier mache relief work for the ACT Legislative Assembly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ACT self-government. Since 2000 Elizabeth has also collaborated with Bev Hogg in creating concrete sculptures for public art.
Elizabeth was born and bred in Canberra and has lived here most of her life. The Canberra environment is a strong influence in her work.