Elisa Soliven, born in New York City; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received an M.F.A. in Painting from Hunter College in 2011 and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. Her work has been reviewed by Two Coats of Paint, Art Critical, and Hyperallergic. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Nudashank, Baltimore; Daily Operation at Bull & Ram, NYC; and Sardine, Brooklyn, among others. She is also a co-founder of the Bushwick based artist collective, Underdonk.
I aim to create work that’s idiosyncratic and archaeological. I am drawn to ceramic for the immediacy with which it conveys the working process, and for the way in which it captures a sense of the talismanic in the ordinary. The sculptures serve as a record ofmy inquiry to capture the essence of my subjects both figurative and abstract, as well as to preserve a frozen history of gestural mark-making. I symbolically transfigure thesubject through an accumulation of modeled layers of clay and embedded ceramic and found bits from previous works. Working with constructed forms in clay and found materials, I rework the familiarity of the everyday object of the vessel into idiosyncratic inventions.