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Elise P. Church
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park

ARTIST STATEMENT: Recovery and loss are at the heart of my practice and the driving force behind my work as an artist. I grew up in the sixties and seventies and lived in many homes and cities. My fractured family contracted and expanded with time. My childhood keepsakes are gone. This consummate effort to collect memorabilia and forgotten treasure provides the inspiration and medium for my work. In 2013, I found a faux-wood vinyl covered photo album from the mid-sixties. It belonged to a middle school-aged boy whose collection of carefully preserved pictures provided traces of his life: the dog, the family car, christmas day celebrations and his communion. The nostalgic imagery and the print itself resplendent with period textiles and interiors contained colors and patterns that have motivated three years of collage, painting and drawing. The small photo-collage series titled “Dunluce Drive” began with focus on the periphery of the found photographs. The subject was excised from the rectangular print playing with positive and negative space and creating an abstract, layered object with a physical void in the center. The next series of snapshot sized photo-collages called “Pairings” removed the subject by obliteration. Combining two prints, the original and a cut portion of another, gave a focal point that was no longer a void but a considered visual compliment or contrast to the remaining image. Finally, in opposition to the subject-empty collages, I created intimate graphite drawings from a peephole view of the original print. (Unlike before, these photographs are now my own family pictures). The image hints at the subject but is reoriented to preserve the total recognizability of the subject. As a child, I used to look into a slightly opened fist like a scope to view a cozy, safe version of where I was. I am reminded of that sentiment when I am drawing these closed spaces. I titled this series, “Portals/Portholes”, based on that personal view and in reference to the many vacations spent on boats. Lastly, to create a print-like object, I borrowed the stamped numbers, dates and registration marks from old photos and added them to the drawing. Salvaging and reimagining the printed photograph in a digital world is especially appealing to me because nothing is permanent or tangible anymore. The small photo-collages and drawings are my own effort to seek to safeguard what is lost- a scrap of 1960’s kitchen wallpaper, a striped pillow, a pink aluminum lawn chair.

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solo exhibitions

Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH 2016
Gallery Molly Krom,”More, I need more…”, New York, NY 2015
DUMBO General Store & Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2005
Bermuda Society of Arts, Edinburgh Gallery, Hamilton, Bermuda 1996

group exhibitions

Salon Zurcher Mini Fair, Gallery Molly Krom, Paris, France 2016
Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Abstract Invitational, Columbus, OH 2016
The Cluster Gallery, “Reformed & Reimagined” Three Person Show, Brooklyn, NY 2016
Art Zealous/Workville, Group Display, New York, NY 2016
Megalodon Pop Up Exhibition, Hosted by Proto Gallery, Hoboken, NJ 2015
Art On Paper Fair, Gallery Molly Krom, New York, NY 2015
Sculptor's Guild, "Transformation: Upcycle", Governor's Island, NY 2014
Cutlog New York, “Women with Means” Gallery Molly Krom, New York, NY 2014
Castello 925 “Come Together: Collage”, Venice, Italy 2014
Gallery Molly Krom "Come Together: Collage", New York, NY 2014
Bermuda Society of Arts "Trash Art" Hamilton, Bermuda 2012
Tang Museum "Skidmore College Alumni Exhibit" Saratoga Springs, NY 2007, 2012 
Windjammer Gallery II "Spring Show" Hamilton, Bermuda  2012
NYCCT Grace Gallery "Group Show" Brooklyn, NY 2011
Windjammer Gallery II "Smalls Show" Hamilton, Bermuda 2011
Jonathan LeVine Gallery "Panorama Project 3" New York, NY 2008
Red Gallery at Savannah College of Art & Design "Small Works" Savannah, GA 2004
Manhattan Borough President's Office "Figurative Vision" New York, NY 2004 
Elmira College "Random Selections" Elmira, NY 2004
Bermuda Society of Arts "Melange a Trois" Hamilton, Bermuda 2002
The Front Room "21st Suffragettes" Brooklyn, NY 2001
Brooklyn Museum of Art DUMBO Studio Tour, Brooklyn, NY 2001
The Front Room "Elsewhere:Williamsburg" Brooklyn, NY 2000
Artist's Space, "Night of 1,000 Drawings", New York, NY 1998
No B.I.A.S. National Juried Competition, Bennington,VT 1997
Bermuda Society of Arts, Edinburgh Gallery, Solo Show, Hamilton, Bermuda 1996


The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY 2004-2014 
Peirogi 2000 Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY 2004-present 
Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY 2015-present 
NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY 2015-present 


Philip Guston Material Award, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 1986


The Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat, Laceyville, PA 2016
Cooper Union Summer Residency Program, New York, NY 2006


Le Quotidian De L’Art, Le Salon Zurcher se veut accessible, Damien Sausset, October 22, 2016
Painter’s Bread, Studio Visit, January 23, 2016
ArteFuse, Elise P. Church at Molly Krom Gallery, Tatiana Istomina, February 21, 2015
Poetic Depth in Collages by Elise Church, Luca Coser and Joe Kupillas: Notes on how abstract shapes suggests movement and a sense of transformation, Sanda Iliescu, December 24, 2013


New York City College of Technology, Associate in Applied Science, Brooklyn, NY 2011
Lacoste School of Arts, Lacoste, France 1985, 1994
Parsons School of Design, Paris, France 1988-1989 
Skidmore College, Bachelor of Science, Saratoga Springs, NY 1987

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