The claustrophobic and rather sinister atmosphere which unsettled me on my first visit to Cuba two years ago seemed mitigated by outward and visible signs of change–new restaurants, businesses, hotels and, for the first time, Wi-Fi hotspots on the streets of Havana. This show does not reflect any of this! Rather they are photographs of the place which so totally seduced me two years ago: Cuba, deeply and soulfully beautiful, filled with both melancholy and irrepressible delight.
ABOUT ELIZABETH MATHESON
A native of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Elizabeth Matheson earned her BA from Sweet Briar College and later studied at the Penland School of Crafts with John Menapace. One-person exhibitions of her work include Hollins University, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, Western Carolina University, the National Humanities Center, and the Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University. Her work is in the collections of Duke University, the Ackland Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, among many others. Among her publications are To See, poems by Michael McFee, North Carolina Wesleyan Press, 1991; Blithe Air: Photographs of England, Wales, and Ireland, Jargon Society, 1995; and Shell Castle, Portrait of a North Carolina House, Safe Harbor Books, 2008. In 2004, Elizabeth Matheson was awarded the North Carolina Award for Excellence in the Arts, the state`s highest civilian honor.