The Chinese Zodiac in Mixed Media Collage – Sigrid Eilertson

This series of mixed media collages seeks to explore the beauty and mystery behind the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. I have always been fascinated by the exotic artistic expression that is the allure of the Far East. Creatures both magical and mystical emerge in the ancient lore of far eastern texts and religious iconography. These beasts have always captivated me especially in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The basis that every year has specific traits and emotional attributes specific to an animal is beguiling and captivating. This series is my personal interpretation through the dynamic movement and majesty of creatures both literal and emotive. We all have typical traits of our Chinese zodiac signs however, these works are part of a deeper understanding of the layered experiences that make us “human.”

Sigrid Eilertson is a local Charlottesville artist and co-founder of the annual art festival- ArtCho ( She holds a masters degree in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University. She views art as a necessary vehicle to enlightenment.

Wine and snacks will be provided.