Elise received her BFA, with an emphasis in painting and ceramics, from the University of Arkansas in 2019. She recently moved from Arkansas to Illinois with her fiancé and two dogs. Elise’s artistic practices bleed into all aspects of her life, creating a continuous dialogue between home life and studio practice. 

I’m exploring my relationships with spaces, colors, empathy, intuition, dogs, strangers, memory, and beloved furniture. I approach making as a means to project and preserve memories of events and emotions that are attached to the spaces and objects I am most intimate with. Indexical marks play an important role in my paintings and ceramics -both the physical evidence of routine, and of my presence and action.

I make religious depictions whenever relics aren’t available. I consider the importance and validity of intuition while making -meaning is always there and allowing intuition to rank what is most valuable in my work reveals honest and powerful content over time. I often reference mnemonic drawings that are reinterpreted and reconstituted until I get a flavorful concentrate of whatever experience and atmosphere I need; this process yields moments of intimacy, humor, and personal narrative. I reverently work within painting traditions or cynically push against them, depending on the day. I’m looking for animism, romance, and tiny dog hats on Amazon.