Elza Mayhew, RCA, was making sculpture in Victoria, British Columbia, from the mid-1950s through the 80s. Most of her work is bronze, cast in foundries in Ontario, the United States, and England. The monumental pieces were cast at the Eugene Aluminum and Brass Foundry in Eugene, Oregon. She exhibited in many cities across Canada, and internationally, in Italy, Japan, and the U.S.
Her sculptures are almost ceremonial figures related basically to architectural forms and spaces, modern in concept yet having affinities with the past, with totemic poles, Mayan stelae, Egyptian stone sculpture, and other hieratic forms through which the artist has asserted the dignity of the human state while reminding us of the awesomeness of the workings of the macrocosm.
- Colin Graham.