Born in the US, Elise Lyon received her BFA from The Art Institute in North Hollywood, California. This New York based artist was active in the fashion industry for 10 years and has applied her knowledge of textile design into her painting practices using textile mediums and fibers on her canvases. With a family history of life in Papua New Guinea, she carries a spiritual element to her works. Elise's objective is to raise awareness towards the importance of communal energy while exploring the value of rituals and to enjoy the passage of time represented in the evolution of our human network.
My mother was born in Papua New Guinea. I grew up listening to stories of tribes and how they relied on one another to survive. She lived in the Highlands in a house made of bamboo built by my grandfather. He built schools, bridges, hospitals and helped bring in electricity to the community. Their stories of rituals filled with color and texture continue to speak to me. This desire to be connected to the natural order of things has pushed me to travel out into the world.
Experiencing other cultures has sharpened the focus of past and future in what is creatively possible for me as an artist.
My work is concentrated on the power of communal energy. I enjoy reflecting stories of those closest to me while studying our connection and its effects. I believe we are being forced to return to our roots to rediscover and rely on rituals and our spiritual connections within ourselves and each other to rebuild.
I look toward a space in which we all live in harmony and understanding - within ourselves and each other. My figures reflect the shadows of these spiritual connections within that space, while representing a shared human experience.
My process begins with either reliving a specific moment in time where I observed an important life lesson or by telling the story of someone close to me who has made a meaningful impact on my life. The root of my inspiration comes from my own spiritual growth and ancestral connection to my family.
I use mulberry at the base of my canvas to build an organic home for my work to live. It is a ritual for me and my work. By either creating or deconstructing the mulberry fiber from or into paper, it transforms through a process of applied fire and water. A symbolism of character building. These fibers are cleansed with water and applied to the canvas in a controlled manner creating a specific outcome that is singular to me. Most of my techniques stem from my knowledge of textile design and how the combination of fibers can create a stimulating and transformative visual experience.