Decker’s photographs celebrate serendipitous findings, ambiguities and the possibilities for transformation in the everyday. While she sometimes incorporates digital manipulation and compositing, most of her images are straight shots that challenge common ways of seeing. Her background as a painter comes through in works that zero in on colors, lines and textures, isolating the abstract forms in roots, ice floes, fallen leaves, reflections, rock formations or fishing nets as well in gritty urban features like rusted metal, graffiti, torn billboards, faded walls, sidewalks, and construction sites. Eroded by time and the elements or transformed by light, these “paintings” catch her eye as Decker records what most often goes unnoticed.
Elisa Decker received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute. She has work in the permanent collections of Pfizer, Peter Hay Halpert, International Art Studio Valievo, Altos de Chavon, Rocky Mt. Nat’l Pk and many private collections. She’s a member of Professional Women Photographers, has taught drawing at BMCC since 2006 and has reviewed for Art in America since 2004. Decker had a solo show of her photographs at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office show in Mar ’10. A 30-year survey of her photographs, paintings and drawings was on view Oct 8-Nov 8, 2005 at Westbeth Gallery. She received a 2003 Camargo Foundation grant and residency, Cassis France; in 2004 Pfizer gave her a solo exhibition of her photographs. Other fellowships: MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, I-Park, Fundacion Valparaiso, Altos de Chavon, Rochefort-en-Terre, Fondation Karolyi, Ragdale Foundation, William Allen White Cabin and Ossabaw Island.