Elise began her art career as a painter over twenty years ago in a village in France. After months of painting landscapes of the Luberon valley her work evolved to abstract forms, taking further steps to rebuff the surroundings altogether. She began to make objects from clay and sticks as studies for paintings. The handmade objects became her subject. Always vacillating between the object as medium and subject, Elise invests time with a specific material and often returns to them cyclically.
Born in Boston, MA in 1965, Elise has lived in many cities in the U.S. as well as Quebec and France. After graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in Fine Arts, she moved to Paris where her formation in graphic design began. Returning to the States after three years, she eventually made her home in New York in 1992. Two years later, she left the design industry and returned to fine arts by attending the Lacoste School of the Arts in Provence where she eventually worked and met her husband.
Moving frequently had an impact on her artwork. She is a collector of discarded and second hand materials such as vintage sewing patterns or flotsam which dictate the direction and medium of each series. Currently, a collector of 1960’s snapshots, cut fragments become photo-collages and studies for drawings and large scale paintings.
Elise is a mother, artist and an anaplastologist and also runs a short stay business in her home. She lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her husband and teenage son.