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STATEMENT

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. 



BIO

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). 

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b. 1993 Portland Oregon

Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

 

EDUCATION

2016 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Sculpture

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

AM/FM, Solo Performance, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Solar Flashback, Curated by Nitemind and Lauren Klenow, Nitemind Sync, New York, NY

2018

Annual Member Show, Curated by Tom McGlynn, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY

Boundlses Karaoke&, Brooklyn Wayfarers, Brooklyn, NY

2017    

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

2016    

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

2015     

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

2014    

How Does Distance Look?, Benson Hall Gallery, Providence RI

COLLABORATIONS AND CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2019

Secret Friend 008, Magick City, Brooklyn, NY, August 16th

2018

Secret Friend 002, H0L0, Queens, NY, March, 2nd

2017

Secret Friend 001, Brooklyn Bazaar Cellar Lounge, Brooklyn, NY, December 9th

RESIDENCIES

2018

Brooklyn Wayfarers, October - Present

2017

Mana Contemporary BSMT, Summer 2017

PRESS AND FEATURES

2017

POND Mag, “Pictionary: Video Installations with Secret Friend’s Elise Wunderlich” December 7th

2012

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Art Beat Interview Segment, Season 14, Episode #1413