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Elise Rasmussen

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Pyrate, 40x50in C Print, 2011
Lilies, Anemones, 28x38in each, C Prints
Strait of Gibraltar, Looking to Spain, 48x63in C Print
I Am Not A Man, Not Now, Performance, Brooklyn Museum, 2012
Salzburg Bough, Mixed Media (Salt, Crystals, Tree Branches, Motor), 2009
Artist's Statement

My work explores the cyclical, political relationship between past and present. I combine historical narratives to recast and reorient the contemporary. In particular, I am interested in “minor” histories, the concept of legacy and how it is re-fabricated to suit the present cultural climate. Using historical texts and artworks as a platform, I rework these in a way to re-imagine and straddle the line between fact and fiction, calling out the problematic nature of written history as accepted truth.


Elise Rasmussen (born 1977, Edmonton, Canada) received her BFA from Ryerson University (2004) and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) as a Merit Scholar. She is a 2012 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant. Elise is represented by Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, and has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, AC Institute, New York, and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto. She has exhibited in a group shows at the Brooklyn Museum, NY, CSS Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, Galerie Articule, Montreal, Standpoint Gallery, London, Mulherin Pollard Projects, New York, Werkschauhalle Gallery, Leipzig, the Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 400, Chicago, ThreeWalls Gallery, Chicago, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. Elise lives in Brooklyn, NY.