"Elliott Puckette isn’t afraid to make art that is beautiful. This may seem obvious at first, but for an artist that came of age during a time when painting was a dirty word and the cool kids at Cooper Union—where Puckette received her BFA in 1989—were making mostly politically charged, heavily theoretical works, it’s a subtle act of rebellion.
'I think people are still afraid of making something beautiful,” says Puckette. “There always has to be something kind of nasty or edgy about it to be taken seriously. I just don’t really subscribe to that.'"