Elizabeth Cardona is a multidisciplinary artist from
Chicago's La Villita neighborhood. As a little girl, she
would take socks and create outfits for her dolls,
unknowingly engaging in artistic expression. It wasn't until
her final year of high school that she discovered the world
of Art as a distinct field. Motivated by her passion, she
made the decision to pursue a university education, studying
Art and Art Education to merge her two interests. Elizabeth
successfully graduated in 2022 with a BFA in Arts Education
from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Presently, she
balances her time working as a part-time tutor and as a
Q&A WITH ELIZABETH
What type or artist are you?
I am a multidisciplinary artist that likes to explore
and experiment through different forms of artmaking.
Whether that is clay, paint, paper-mache, screen
What or who, inspires you and your art the
My inspiration comes from my mind wandering off into
different spaces and re-imagining how we see and
experience the world. These spaces are created from my
personal experiences, memories, my background,
imagination, music, dance, family and friends. Anything
that I experience. I have a fascination for
juxtaposition and weirdness, anything that challenges
the way we view the world. I take common objects we see
in our everyday life like flowers, stars, butterflies
and start to add noses, feet, etc. Finding ways to
personify them or create hybrids of things. I explore
how to bring my ideas to life through sculpture and
paintings or sometimes even photographs. For example a
pink mask that I created was inspired by a time in my
life where I was learning to accept that I am Queer.
This mask alone was just a mask but once I started to
wear it, I started to think about who I was. I wanted to
show the side that I had been afraid to show, my queer
self. Which is where the blue wig comes in and the
videos of me dancing while wearing my art. Yes, the mask
hides my face but it also highlights my love for colors,
dance, and weirdness :)
What do you hope people feel or think about when
enjoying your art?
I hope that my art sparks people’s creativity to
re-imagine our world. A world that is inclusive, where
different bodies can exist and thrive. For people to
think about imagination meeting reality because there
are many possibilities of viewing and experiencing life.
What do you like best about Nova Colors?
Recently, I have been working with paper mache, a glue
mixture, to create masks and relief sculptures. I love
using Nova Color paint because with a couple coats of
paint the underlying base is covered. The paint is also
versatile which allows me to use it on different
surfaces, as an artist that works with different mediums
this is a plus. I also love the vibrant colors that Nova
Color paint has, so colorful!
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Follow me along and my weirdness @_algoraropasa_ or