Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
One of a series of faculty conversations as part of THINKING THROUGH MAKING: 2017 Faculty Biennial Exhibition at the Western Gallery through May 8.
“I have been working on installation art using fiber materials (handmade paper, polyester, etc.) or ideas of fiber, seeking to connect East and West. I explore both traditional and contemporary textile techniques, as well as casting and video/sound, and also involve the public in my art-making. Berry Grove and Hyoga (Iceberg) are site-specific installations that deal with current issues like labor and global warming.”
After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kyoto Seika University, Seiko Purdue came to the United States where she received an MA at Montclair State University and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Elsi Vassdal Ellis
“When I began making books I saw the process as a continuation of the temptation Eve faced in the Garden of Eden, hence my pressmark [EVE Press]. I make use of a variety of media and reproduction techniques (offset and letterpress printing, printmaking, hand painting and drawing, as well as the use of the computer) and various book structures (experimental, traditional, and historical). Since 1999, I have focused on issues of war and genocide, exploring manipulations of the media to initiate a personal examination by the reader of what has happened and what may happen. One could say my books stand as witnesses to Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and Iraq.”
Elsi Vassdal Ellis received a BS in Visual Communication and MEd in Industrial Technology Education from Western Washington State College, and a PhD in Educational Communication with emphases in visual psychology and statistics from University of Washington.
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