The dominant images in these works use images of athletes, politicians, celebrities and soldiers, cut from newspapers & magazines. The figures are abstracted by excising them from their original context, concentrating on the cores of the bodies, so that the limbs are visually amputated at the elbows & knees. Thus the figures are altered into ghost-like apparitions. This evokes both the amputees returning from war & the phenomena of "phantom limbs," the reported sensations that amputees feel in the parts of their bodies that are no longer there. The energy in the original is subsequently halted, mid movement, yet lingers, as in a dream.
Elissa Levy was born and currently lives and works in New York. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received her BFA in Glass.
Levy has had solo exhibitions at Stonefox Artspace, NY, The Living Room, San Francisco, CA and Brooklyn Fireproof, Inc, Brooklyn, NY. Her work is included in the Altoids® Curiously Strong Collection, which is part of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, permanent collection and has been exhibited at the New Museum, and the Luckman Center Gallery, LA, CA, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA, Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX, Soo Visual, Minneapolis, MN. She has also been included in group exhibitions at The Curatorial Research Lab @Winkleman Gallery, NY, White Columns, NY, and G Fine Art, Washington, DC and has had a two-person exhibition at Foley Gallery, NY. In the summer of 2006 she was the American artist chosen to participate in the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence program.