Pristine Glade

Elise’s ‘Pristine Glade’ blends abstraction with visions of natural landscape. The emerald shapes and jagged lines evoke geological formations: rocky outcrops and mountainous terrains. Conjuring, but at the same time concealing a direct association to Nature, the sculpture subverts pictorial literalism with subtle metaphor.

Powdered Dream

‘Powdered Dream’ is a surreal meditation on colour, tone and light, each of which have been pushed to their pictorial extremities. The space appears icy, glacial, almost fossilised. Yet the forms are round and oddly welcoming through their absurd familiarity: a shell, a golf ball poised on a wavy plinth, a cartoonish blobby liquid are all frozen in a strange moment of sculptural representation.

Pristine Glade

Elise’s ‘Pristine Glade’ blends abstraction with visions of natural landscape. The emerald shapes and jagged lines evoke geological formations: rocky outcrops and mountainous terrains. Conjuring, but at the same time concealing a direct association to Nature, the sculpture subverts pictorial literalism with subtle metaphor.

Pink Love

The sculptural shapes of ‘Pink Love’ unfurl, twist and recoil in anthropomorphic movements upwards and outwards. Its pink curvaceousness presents a portrait: simultaneously a figure and a series of figures. Its fleshy corporeal forms press and push against the edges of its circular plinth; both plinth and final photograph of the work questioning the boundaries of its sculptural space.

Hubble Bubble

The cloud-like, curvy, balloon forms in ‘Hubble-Bubble’ teeter between solidity and weightlessness. They appear as though they might float off, bloated with the air that also defines their improbable arrangement. Even the base of the sculpture seems to be formed from air, its surface frothing and bubbling in a sculptural portrayal of effervescence.

Hubble Bubble

The cloud-like, curvy, balloon forms in ‘Hubble-Bubble’ teeter between solidity and weightlessness. They appear as though they might float off, bloated with the air that also defines their improbable arrangement. Even the base of the sculpture seems to be formed from air, its surface frothing and bubbling in a sculptural portrayal of effervescence.

Pink Love

The sculptural shapes of ‘Pink Love’ unfurl, twist and recoil in anthropomorphic movements upwards and outwards. Its pink curvaceousness presents a portrait: simultaneously a figure and a series of figures. Its fleshy corporeal forms press and push against the edges of its circular plinth; both plinth and final photograph of the work questioning the boundaries of its sculptural space.

Pink Love

The sculptural shapes of ‘Pink Love’ unfurl, twist and recoil in anthropomorphic movements upwards and outwards. Its pink curvaceousness presents a portrait: simultaneously a figure and a series of figures. Its fleshy corporeal forms press and push against the edges of its circular plinth; both plinth and final photograph of the work questioning the boundaries of its sculptural space.

Bisque Blush

Commissioned for the digital art space, Electric Objects, this series of sculptures explore aspects of natural, nautical form, remodelling the familiar and organic into surreal compositions.

Citric Blush

Commissioned for the digital art space, Electric Objects, this series of sculptures explore aspects of natural, nautical form, remodelling the familiar, natural and organic into surreal compositions.

Doodle - Detail

Elise transports the activity of doodling into dimensional space. Her twisted shapes echo the linear movements of doodled lines that she gives physical form in clay and plaster.

Six Spheres

Part of an emerging new series of works, where hundreds of tiny, hand-crafted clay elements evoke organic forms in Nature, Six Spheres contrasts this sense of natural intricacy with machined spherical shapes and color.

Six Spheres - Detail

Part of an emerging new series of works, where hundreds of tiny, hand-crafted clay elements evoke organic forms in Nature, Six Spheres contrasts this sense of natural intricacy with machined spherical shapes and color.

Cream Dream

This delicate sculpture appears as candy-coated and delectable as confection. Created for Secret 7” for the cover of Max Richter’s composition 'Dream 3', the frothy, sugary forms belie the piece’s plaster and porcelain material.

Catena - Detail

For Spring/Summer 2016, Bianco commissioned Elise to create and capture a graphic sculptural installation as part of an artist collaboration campaign.

Catena

This large-scale installation operates as one large singular sculpture and as a series of four interconnecting sculptures. Viewed together, the sculptures represent an enigmatic machine form that processes color sequentially across three dimensional space. Commissioned by Bianco.

Catena

Individually, the sculptures communicate their own uniquely colorful statement. Each sculpture is framed within a colored cubic structure that both contains and defines the shapes within it. Together, there is a sense of sequential evolution in the way each sculpture appears to transform into the next across space.

Catena - Detail

The materials, colors and forms subtly echo systems of machine automation, where every element is an individual part of a larger process of production. Subverting this machine aesthetic, Elise imbues the sculptures with occasional decorative detail that blends ideas of industrial automation with the rich textures of the Baroque.

Catena - Detail

Contrasts between functionality and embellishment, manmade and organic form, angle and curve, movement and process, create a beguiling and unique sculptural statement in space.

Trailing Bloom

This visual meditation on Nature subverts notions of the ‘natural’, by injecting a sense of manmade artifice. The sculptural shapes of the central ‘Trailing Bloom’ invert organic composition through the use of geometric structuring and synthetic colours.

Frosted Variance

Frosted Variance presents a convergence of dimensions. In a moment of spatial metamorphosis, surface is ascribed density and volume; colors and shapes are formed from perspectival lines and pictorial illusions. Contrasts between angle and curve, perspective and surface momentarily meld.

New York Times Magazine - Detail

Elise creates and captures a suspended graphic installation for the New York Times Magazine — to accompany an article entitled 'Letter of Recommendation: Alternative Search Engines'.

New York Times Magazine

Elise creates and captures a suspended graphic installation for the New York Times Magazine — to accompany an article entitled 'Letter of Recommendation: Alternative Search Engines'.

Black Triangle

Created from multiple layers of shimmering colored perspex. Part of a series exploring geometric construction.

Playground

In this large scale sculptural installation, commissioned by Wallpaper Magazine in association with Pullman Hotels, Elise plays homage to some of the playful shapes and structures of the playground. She subtly subverts their iconic forms, producing them in glossy laminates and perspex, so their surfaces glint and shimmer luxuriously, luring the viewer into the work.

Playground - Detail

Part of a large scale sculptural installation, commissioned by Wallpaper Magazine in association with Pullman Hotels.

Metamorphosis - Detail

Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, the sculpture pushes forever upwards in an evolving use of space. Each form protrudes further with a totemic intention, so that the sculpture teeters precariously between gravity and weightlessness. The shapes, textures and colors are strange and abstract, and yet oddly familiar. From cell-like structures to corporeal curves, they imply a connection to the human body and its constantly evolving form.

Metamorphosis - Detail

Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, the sculpture pushes forever upwards in an evolving use of space. Each form protrudes further with a totemic intention, so that the sculpture teeters precariously between gravity and weightlessness. The shapes, textures and colours are strange and abstract, and yet oddly familiar. From cell-like structures to corporeal curves, they imply a connection to the human body and its constantly evolving form.

Metamorphosis

Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, the sculpture pushes forever upwards in an evolving use of space. Each form protrudes further with a totemic intention, so that the sculpture teeters precariously between gravity and weightlessness. The shapes, textures and colors are strange and abstract, and yet oddly familiar. From cell-like structures to corporeal curves, they imply a connection to the human body and its constantly evolving form.

Black Triangle - Detail

Geometric photo construction, featuring brightly colored shimmering perspex.

Clear Skies, Balloons - Detail

Elise's installations are often comprised of ephemeral materials that are suspended in time by photographic capture. Poetically alluding to the temporariness of visual experience, they appear as though they might melt or burst under the lights as she shoots them.

Triangular Construct

A pastel panoply of sculptural shapes blur the boundaries between two and three dimensions. Installation of polystyrene and latex.

Liquid Fresco - Detail

Elise explores soft undulating forms, to create a strange fluid architecture that playfully contrasts angle and curve, surface and dimensionality.

Liquid Fresco - Detail

Elise explores soft undulating forms, to create a strange fluid architecture that playfully contrasts angle and curve, surface and dimensionality.

Liquid Fresco

Elise explores soft undulating forms, to create a strange fluid architecture that playfully contrasts angle and curve, surface and dimensionality.

Still Life with Pipes - Detail

Elise suspends objects in mid air to create this elaborate installation, teetering on the edge of realism.

Still Life with Pipes

An elaborate installation, teetering on the edge of realism. Suspended in mid air, the objects threaten to topple in gravity-defying spatial arrangements.

Destructive Landscape - Detail

A golden egg sets off a chain reaction leading to inevitable destruction. Elise was commissioned by the Harvard Business Review to illustrate corporate short term greed amid the global financial crisis. The composition was inspired by one of Aesop's Fables.

Destructive Landscape - Detail

Inspired by one of Aesop's Fables, a golden egg sets off a chain reaction leading to inevitable destruction. Commissioned by the Harvard Business Review to illustrate corporate short term greed amid the global financial crisis.

Floating Color - Detail

Part of an installation series exploring the association between object and surface.

Floating Color

Elise transforms familiar objects and textures into unique art forms. Part of an installation series exploring surface and object association. Part of an installation series exploring surface and object association.

Ruin - Detail

Reflecting on the passage of time, Elise creates a monochromatic installation as part of the series entitled 'Ruins.'

Ruin - Detail

Reflecting on the passage of time, Elise creates a monochromatic installation as part of the series entitled 'Ruins.'

Ruin

A monochromatic installation exploring the passage of time. Part of a series entitled 'Ruins'.

Pastel Twist

Ribbon-like sculptural shapes create a hyperreal sense of space in this playful composition in aluminium, commissioned by London Illustrated News.

Soft Moment 1

Elise's geometric creations are often inspired by shape, color and line used by 60's British sculptors such as Phillip King, and Tim Scott, as well as designers such as Peter Shire and the Memphis Group. Part of a series of two.

Clear Skies, Balloons

Elise's installations are often comprised of ephemeral materials that are suspended in time by photographic capture. Poetically alluding to the temporariness of visual experience, they appear as though they might melt or burst under the lights as she shoots them.

Pastel Twist

Ribbon-like sculptural shapes create a hyperreal sense of space in this playful composition in aluminium, commissioned by London Illustrated News.

Clear Skies, Candy Floss

Elise transforms familiar objects and textures into strange art forms — the candy floss totem in this image hovers between the familiar and the surreal.

Mint Gel

In this enigmatic still life, Elise blends references to the early 20th Century paintings of Edward Wadsworth; incorporating ping pong balls and marsh mallow.

After Caulfield - Detail

Hyperreal still life composition; exploring the distortion of domestic objects.

After Caulfield - Detail

Elise explores the depiction of domestic objects; distorting both their shape and scale. Inspired by the highly graphic still life compositions of the painter Patrick Caulfield.

After Caulfield

Inspired by the highly graphic still life compositions of the painter Patrick Caulfield, this installation explores the depiction of domestic objects — distorting both their shape and scale.

Triangular Construct - Detail

Installation of pastel polystyrene and latex. Sculptural shapes blur the boundaries between two and three dimensions.

Spearmint Still Life

A still life composition elevating paper and ceramic objects.

Composition in Yellow

Objects and graphics merge in an explosive moment of dynamic color. Installation of paper, plastic, and mixed media.

Composition in Yellow - Detail

A vibrant color exploration — objects and graphics merge in an explosive moment. Installation of paper, plastic, and mixed media.

Composition in Red - Detail

An intricately detailed installation of paper, plastic, and mixed media. Elise works with a diverse range of interesting and surprising materials.

Composition in Red

Installation of paper, plastic, and mixed media. Elise often works with hundreds of individual elements within one picture; without differentiating between mediums and materials.

Big Sky

In this commission for O2, Elise creates a dazzling landscape of hundreds of brightly colored balloon shapes. The familiarity of the shapes is subverted by the sheer number in space. Through multiplicity and repetition. Elise transforms the work into an abstract field of color, in a dizzying spectacle of light and weightless form.

Frozen Jello

Elise injects humor into her photographs through quirky object-associations. The jelly shoes in this colorful image seem to shimmer with the same semi-transparent, sugary allure as the jello on the plates. Created for Elle Magazine.

Frozen Jello

A humorous image composition created for Elle Magazine; featuring quirky object-associations. The jelly shoes seem to shimmer with the same semi-transparent, sugary allure as the jello on the plates.

Tetrahedron - Detail

Reflecting on the themes of time and space, Elise creates and captures a suspended graphic installation featuring paper and plastic objects.

Objects in Spatial Formation - Detail

Objects are suspended to represent a specific moment in time. Elise arranges her installations to appear as though they are a single frame from a film sequence.

WSJ Magazine

Reflecting on the art of science, Elise creates and captures an installation for the August 2015 edition of WSJ, entitled 'Curiosity'. The image represents the system of creating mushroom packaging from mycelium – to celebrate the innovation process as a unique art form.

Intense Square

Elise's still life compositions are all meticulously and precisely designed to create a highly graphic visual statement.

Linear Study - Detail

Part of a series created for Elle Magazine — a study of color and line.

Linear Study - Detail

Part of a series created for Elle Magazine — a study of color and line.

Blue View

Installation created with paper, perspex, polystyrene, plastic, and assorted objects.

Construction in Azure Blue

When experimenting with color, Elise questions the way it can affect the spatial reading of an image.

The 24 Hour Fiesta Project - Detail

With her unique visual language, Elise creates original campaign artwork for Ford — featuring a suspended car in mid air, surrounded by hundreds three dimensional objects and hand-crafted paper cutouts.

Diamond

A kinetic installation featuring paper, balloons and plastic.

Cascade

Reflecting on the theme of movement, Elise creates an installation of paper, plastic, balloons, and assorted objects — appearing frozen in space.

Circular Diptych 1

Everyday objects are liberated from the mundane through subtle photo transformations. Part of a series of two.

Machine Series – Detail

Large scale installation comprised of retro machines, mirrors and spherical lights — shot from different angles, as though each was a different view over an illuminated, constantly moving cityscape. Created for Sony Playstation.

Machine Series – Detail

Large scale installation comprised of retro machines, mirrors and spherical lights — shot from different angles, as though each was a different view over an illuminated, constantly moving cityscape. Created for Sony Playstation.

Circular Diptych 2

Elise explores shape and form — elevating everyday objects through subtle photo transformations. Part of a series of two.

Lunar Landscape

Part of a still life series inspired by the surreal dreamscapes of Kay Sage. The materials are suggestive of the natural elements of earth, water, and air.

Arrangement with Jewellery - Detail

Elise creates an arrangement of paper foliage for British Vogue. When looking closely at the image, the realism of the flower arrangement breaks down — revealing that it is made out of paper.

Arrangement with Jewellery

Inspired by 17th Century Flemish still life painting, Elise creates an arrangement of paper foliage — incorporating jewelry pieces by brands such as Cartier and Lanvin. Created for British Vogue.

About

Elise’s works are studies in the form of objects in space; elaborate ‘mise en scènes’ that hover between familiarity and abstraction. Employing a diverse range of materials, her carefully crafted sculptures question physical materiality in an era of digital perfectionism. Elise fashions sculptural form from the synthetic, the industrial and the vernacular. Her photographs of the resulting artworks present unique three dimensional moments where everyday materials have been shaped into highly original sculptural installations.

Clients

Select commissions include British Vogue, Elle Magazine, Ford, New York Times, O2, Sony Playstation, Virgin, Volkswagen, Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper Magazine, and the Wellcome Trust.

Publications

Elise has been featured in global publications including Androphilia, Le Chapadeur, Computer Arts Magazine, Creative Review, Desktop Magazine, Domus, Étapes, Featureshoot, Formagramma, Future Laboratory, IdeasMag, Idol Magazine, It’s Nice That, Papercut Book, Quote the Future, Strange Attractor, Stylus, Trendland, Visual Cache, Visuelle, and We Heart Magazine.