Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
My works communicate between transparency and ambiguity. Painting frames are visible, yet obscured, through stretched, clear vinyl. Additional paintings are sometimes displayed underneath these surfaces to further diffuse/obstruct. Infrastructure is often emphasized, while the surface either withholds images below or obscures with material atop. Exposed frame and wall become part of the image while also disrupting it. Through gestures of concealing/revealing, these works evoke the competing inclination to either remain private, or explicitly share.
Deluge, 2019-20, acrylic and glass beads on clear vinyl, 20”x15”
Frame Of My, 2018, acrylic on clear vinyl, 36”x23”
Is It Better?, 2017, acrylic skin over frosted vinyl with acrylic on clear vinyl, 24”x24”
Scalloped, 2018, acrylic on watercolor paper, and clear vinyl, 44”x30”
On The Other, 2019-20, acrylic and glass beads on watercolor paper and clear vinyl, 24”x18”
Give Me Sugar, 2017, acrylic on gray tinted clear vinyl, 36”x23”
Lap, 2018, acrylic on watercolor paper, and clear vinyl, 44”x30”
Went Down and Down, 2019, acrylic on clear vinyl, 30”x30”
Gush, 2019, acrylic and glass beads on clear vinyl, 20”x15”
Undercarriage, 2020, acrylic on dura-lar and clear vinyl, 24”x18”
About the Artist
Elise Thompson (b. Cincinnati, OH) received her MFA at Florida State University ’16. She attended the Boom Gallery Fellowship + Residency ’15 via an Exceptional Opportunities award from FSU. Other residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, and The Maple Terrace Artist Residency Program. Thompson was published in New American Paintings South in ’16, and Friend of the Artist vol. 8 in ’19. Recent exhibitions include 500x Gallery, The Spartanburg Art Museum, and The Wassaic Project. Thompson’s solo exhibition Below Ground/Above Ground was featured in July ’19 with Also Gallery online. She’ll exhibit with Brittany Ham at Mantle Art Space January ‘20.