march 3, 2017 7:00pm - march 3, 2017 10:00pm
Please join SOUP Experimental March 3rd from 7-10pm for the Opening Reception of Threw It Through It, a solo exhibition featuring various artworks constructed by
Please join SOUP Experimental March 3rd from 7-10pm for the Opening Reception of Threw It Through It, a solo exhibition featuring various artworks constructed by Elise Thompson (MFA ’16). The exhibition will run from March 3rd to March 25th,2017.
Elise Thompson was born in Cincinnati, OH, and received her MFA in Studio Art at Florida State University in 2016. She was awarded the Brian Andrew McLaughlin Award in 2014 and 2015, and the Mary Ola Reynolds Miller Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Visual Arts in 2016. She, with peers and faculty, participated with the Cátedra Arte y Enfermedades in an international project titled “Perspectives: Art, Liver Disease, and Me” with an exhibition in Valencia to bring awareness about patients who suffer from hepatitis C. Elise was represented by Working Method Contemporary at Aqua Art Fair in 2015 and was invited to show in an exhibition curated in St. Petersburg, Russia featuring American art at ArtMe Today in 2016. She attended the Boom Gallery Summer Fellowship and Residency in Cincinnati in June 2015 via an Exceptional Opportunities award from FSU and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in July 2016. Elise was published in New American Paintings #124 South this past June. She recently concluded her tenure as co-director at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL and continues to teach in the Art Department at Florida State University.
“I have two veins of work, which I display together and work on simultaneously. These paintings, sometimes sculptural, begin or end with translucent surfaces.
In one iteration, paintings have clean surfaces on top–stretched with vinyl or chiffon. White frames recede into the walls while other parts of the frame are treated with subtle hues or textural paint. The veiled infrastructure of my works become the image through the surface, though not explicit about a pictorial image as if there is something to hide or search.
In the second iteration, the paint returns to the surface in an expressive, textural manner as if in the former vein, inhibitions are let go through improvisation. Opaque and translucent layers build organically alluding to the figure and even food. The frame and wall are exposed through the surface in select areas becoming part of the image while also disrupting it.
My works are read as paintings when on the wall, but when installed perpendicular to walls, or in the round, they create associations with architecture, furniture, and the body. My paintings and sculptures engage in a dialog about vulnerability and the competing desire to either remain private, or explicitly share. Details are found behind layers through variations of concealing and revealing information.”