Elise Ansel | Saatchi Art feature Inside the Studio
January 8, 2015 2:44 pm
Saatchi Art selects Elise Ansel for it’s weekly feature ‘Inside the Studio’, allowing you to get a glimpse into an artists process and actions.
We’re delighted at the praise and press American painter Elise Ansel is receiving. Elise exhibited last year for the Young Masters exhibition and earned ‘Highly commended’ from the judges
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“What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
One of the major themes I pursue in my work is the theme of transformation. I make paintings that are derived from Renaissance and Baroque depictions of bacchanals and figures in the landscape. 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 primary participants in the creative dialogue. The paintings I work from are distant mirrors which I interpret through the lens of gestural abstraction. I use painterly notation and shorthand to translate historical paintings into a contemporary pictorial language. My method allows me to engage with and pay homage to some of the greatest paintings in the history of western art while at the same time challenging and transforming a sexist visual lexicon.
Another theme I explore is the theme of improvisation. The historical paintings I work from 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.”
If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Titian’s Pietà, which is currently at the Accademia Museum in Venice.