Elise is an artist engaged with the shape and form of objects in space. Her sculptures are a giddying mix of surface, mass and volume, situated precariously on the verge of physical impossibility.
Pushing materials to the edge of realism, she interrogates notions of materiality, duration and process in an era of digital artifice. Her sculptural language borrows from the vernacular, the digital and the industrial. Simultaneously tangible and metaphysical, the compositions project across space, unfurling anthropomorphically upwards, or pushing outwards in repeated gestures of automated reproduction.
Elise offers the viewer many ways of looking, either sensorily by absorbing colour and shape, or as a rebus where the eye roams the content, then departs by means of finding a wall that hits a floor. There is always some semblance of the familiar present within her compositions: an inside corner; a frame on a wall; a floor that isn’t a floor. Yet her sculptures have long lost any recognisable likeness, because she has fashioned them by manipulation. Angle, curve, surface and dimensionality merge to form an unlikely symmetry that conjoins or dissipates as the gaze spans her compositions. She draws the viewer into a deliriously disorientating world where intriguing sculptural shapes connect and collide.