Elizabeth Goluch is a metalsmith. She is becoming internationally known for her unique, highly detailed metal insects, made from gold, silver, copper, and gemstones. Each of her larger than life sculptures contains treasure in a hidden cavity.
Elizabeth’s work reflects not only her passion for the insect world—a passion that has existed since childhood— but also the intense and scholarly research that takes place before the artist even picks up her tools. In her faithful rendering of the insects’ body shapes and proportions, Elizabeth shows the same passionate attention to detail as a naturalist.
However, it is in the decorative details that the artist’s imagination moves from a strict interpretation and reproduction of Nature to something more fanciful, evoking elements of insect life cycles and environments.
Although the successful and realistic manifestation of each insect is an accomplishment in and of itself, her work also appeals to the senses and therefore transcends mere reproduction of Nature in metal to a higher plane. Her glorification of each insect produces a sense of wonder that compels the viewer to look beyond the detail and consider the importance of entomology in our environment and the brilliant hand of Nature in the whole cycle of life.
Elizabeth’s Cicada sculpture was shortlisted for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards 2007.
Her work is available at Mobilia Gallery, Boston, MA, at Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, London, ON; and at her studio in Halifax, NS.