Elisa’s process involves collecting second hand clothing and fabrics, cutting them up or tearing them into strips, and then knotting and sewing them to create irregular and imperfect shapes. Her art explores themes of memory, transformation, adaptation, female identity and legacy. Through color sensations and symbolism, volume and heaviness, suspension and tension and through repeated hand gestures, she feels connected with the intimate female process of the handmade.
Unraveled in an exploration of embodiment and physical connection. Your moving body is reduced to individual, wispy lines – forearms, upper arms, spine, calf, etc. – then deconstructed. You are mirrored by these lines, but your thigh may be above and to the left of your forearm, for example, each component slowly traveling relative to the others. At other times, limbs extend and contract relative to each other. When a second participant enters, their limb-lines begin to merge and dance with your own, creating a single jumble of both bodies that blurs the threshold between self and other.
The HeartSpace is an artful immersive experience making visible the unseen energies of the human heart. 100,000 times a day your heart beats out an electromagnetic signature that is measurable eight to ten feet outside your body. This extended energetic field of your heart means that when you step into a crowded restaurant, a subway, a classroom, or simply walk down a busy street, the energies of your heart are interacting with people nearby in a very real and quantifiable way. Our heartspaces create the quite real yet invisible links to a chain intertwining a crowded room of strangers into a circuit of oneness. This artwork asks – would it make a difference if we could see the real energies of each others hearts? Would it change us to know that as I pass you on the street we are connected, even though we do not touch, by the space created as our hearts intersect for that brief instant. Could we hack reality just a little bit to demonstrate the very real energies we haven’t had the ability to visualize? If we could actually see the influence of our hearts, it might change every moment of our lives.