"THE MAGIC IN THE SHADOWS
By Selene Wendt
To delve into Elisabeth Werp's art, is comparable to wakening from a deep sleep and to sense the shift between dream and reality – the exact point in time when the impression of dreams delicately floats, just before they are slowly erased by increased consciousness. We quickly forget most dreams, but the strongest, most symbolic dreams move right into our soul, with the power to affect our awakened state. Similarly, Elisabeth Werp's paintings stem from a combination of the conscious and subconscious, with an equal ability to make a mark on our understanding of reality. The enigmatic reality that Elisabeth Werp comments through her work is beautifully summarized in these famous words from The Tempest, by William Shakespeare:
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep
*1: James Elkins, What Painting Is, Routeledge Press, London, 1999, page 9."