I have been attempting to manifest ghosts by seeking out the sensibility of objects and memories, often using unexpected, found, and diverse materials. Whether formalized as objects, videos, or live performances, the artworks are living and performing vessels meant for communication between the world of the viewer and other dimensions and autonomous actors.
My role in the creative process is that of a translator or paranormal investigator using intuitive decision-making. Conjuring various works may or may not involve the following: a home movie archive, Christmas decorations, oversized t-shirts, Big Gulps, neon, maybe karaoke. The voice of each disparate work determines its necessary materials.
Narrative is an essential component of my process, which acts in a nonlinear and episodic fashion throughout my extended body of work. I am interested in the duality of reenactment performance and its source material, in the translated work and the original. The reenactment of an event, or the recreation of an object in my mind frames the referent as an included component to the current work, as an extension of the work into the past and into other realms.
Elise Wunderlich (b. Portland, OR, 1993) is a multimedia artist working primarily in sculpture, video, and performance. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Elise has been a member of Wayfarers Studio Program since 2017. She has exhibited with Nitemind and Secret Friend (New York) at Mana Contemporary (New Jersey), the Wurks Gallery, Expose Gallery, and the RISD Museum (Providence, RI).
b. 1993 Portland Oregon
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
2016 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Sculpture
AM/FM, Solo Performance, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Solar Flashback, Curated by Nitemind and Lauren Klenow, Nitemind Sync, New York, NY
Annual Member Show, Curated by Tom McGlynn, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
Boundlses Karaoke&, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
How To Draw A Tyrant, Curated by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY
TRACES, Group Show, Curated by Omari Douglin, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
Senior Invitational, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
Everything Must Go, The Wurks Gallery, Providence, RI
Better Again, Curated by Julia Wright, The RISD Museum, Gelman Gallery, Providence RI
Sculpture and Photo Senior Exhibition, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence RI
Snapshots, Skaters, Moonshine, and God, Metcalf 320 Gallery, Providence, RI
True Believers, Curated by Charles O’Leary and Katey Acquaro, Expose Gallery, Providence, RI
Adult Playset, Curated by Charles O’Leary and Katey Acquaro, Expose Gallery, Providence, RI
PLAY, Performance, The RISD Museum, Farago Gallery, Providence, RI
How Does Distance Look?, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence RI
COLLABORATIONS AND CURATORIAL PROJECTS
Secret Friend 008, Magick City, Brooklyn, NY, August 16th
Secret Friend 002, H0L0, Queens, NY, March, 2nd
Secret Friend 001, Brooklyn Bazaar Cellar Lounge, Brooklyn, NY, December 9th
Brooklyn Wayfarers, October - Present
Mana Contemporary BSMT, Summer 2017
PRESS AND FEATURES
POND Mag, “Pictionary: Video Installations with Secret Friend’s Elise Wunderlich” December 7th
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Art Beat Interview Segment, Season 14, Episode #1413