Elise Ansel

Artist Statement/ May 2016
 
I make large scale abstract paintings and digital prints that are derived from historical art. My work is about reclaiming, re-visioning and re-presenting paintings that were created at a time when women were seen as objects rather than equal participants in the creative dialog. The paintings I work after are distant mirrors which I interpret through the lens of contemporary practice. I use gesture, improvisation, and painterly notation  to translate Old Master imagery into a contemporary pictorial language. My paintings begin with specific Old Master paintings as a points of departure but then resolve into abstraction as the representational content is transformed and ultimately eclipsed by focus upon color, composition and the materiality of the paint. Linear, rational readings are interrupted. The historical paintings I work after become structures on which to hang paint; the soundness of these structures capacitates great improvisational freedom. The real subject becomes the substance and surface of oil paint, the variety of its applications, and the ways in which it can be used to celebrate life. Alternately, it could be said that the real subject matter is (pictorial) language itself (and the gender bias therein)....

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Press

Artnews: Take It from the Masters: Elise Ansel Re-Reads and Reinterprets the Past at Danese/Corey by Alfred MacAdam
3/9/17
The Dorsey Post, Elise Ansel: All Art is Contemporary Now by Dave Dorsey
3/2/17
Elise Ansel: Dialogue Danese/Corey exhibition catalogue 2017
2017

A printed copy of the catalogue is available to order on Amazon.

ref•er•enced Danese/Corey exhibition catalogue
2017