Current Statement

Elise thinks about ghosts a lot. Both in the literal sense of an embodied spirit and the ways in which people, memories (both good and bad), and trauma can be haunting - regardless of corporeal boundaries. The phrase “You Are Haunting”, which appears across my current body of work, could have many interpretations. However, what I am trying to encourage viewers to consider is how our actions and interactions have an impact and, unfortunately, it is often the tragic and ugly interactions that have the longest lingering impact. You Are Haunting is meant to prompt the viewer to think about who, or what they might be haunting, and why. By nature of being human there exists simultaneity of being haunted, while also haunting. On an individual scale, how does one sit with knowing what it is to feel pain while also knowing we’ve caused it? What does it mean to be someone else’s ghost?

Over the past year I have been working through these thoughts by building a relationship between the intangibility of making with light via cyanotypes, and the confrontational nature of the written word. Through cyanotype, light becomes the translatory medium that exposes the light sensitive chemicals while my role is simply to create voids. The text comes from stencils drawn by hand while I do nothing to try and hide the evidence of the process. I want each banner to be haunted in and of itself. Most recently, I have been playing with further manipulations of the banners though experimentations in lighting, wind, weaving, and general obfuscation.



2019 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016 BA, Studio Art,  Smith College, Northampton, MA

2014 Visiting Student, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


2019     Group Show, Turn on Your Love Light, Gesamtkunst Werkshop, Chicago, IL (upcoming)

2018     Group Show, Tee Time, Free Range, Chicago, IL

2018     Group Show, A Bringing Across, Sullivan Crit Space, SAIC, Chicago, IL

2018     Television Feature, Easy, Season 3, episode unknown (not-yet released), Netflix

2018     Group Show, Ghost in the Machine, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI

2018     Group Show, Exploding Paint, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI

2018     Group Show, Abstract Art Show (New Works), Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018     Two-person Show, Out of Sight, Out of Body (w/ Evan Fusco), Apparatus Projects, Chicago, IL

2018     Solo Show, In-Case Gallery, SAIC, Chicago, IL

2018     Juried Exhibition, One Inspired Evening, Inspiration Corporation, Chicago, IL

2017 Group Show, Sullivan Galleries Group Show, SAIC, Chicago, IL

2017 Juried Exhibition, Print Factory, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

2017 Group Show, Run, Run, Run, The Annex at Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

2017 Curator/Group Show, Remembery, My Attic, Chicago, IL

2017 Group Show, Potluck, Chicago, IL

2017 Television Feature, Easy, Season 2, episode 7 (“Lady ChaCha”), Netflix

2016 Juried Exhibition, Altered States of Collage, San Fernando Valley Arts Center, Tarzana, CA


2018-present        Host, Unspookable, Podcast via Soundsington Media

2019 Spring    Teaching Assistant, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Books: Unbound, Slow Photo)

2018 Fall Co-Instructor, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Printmedia Practices)

2018 Fall          Teaching Assistant, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Intro Photography)

2018 Spring Teaching Assistant, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Beginning Etching)

2017 Fall   Teaching Assistant, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Printmedia Practices)