By Elise Gagliardi
Elise Gagliardi is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Kansas City, MO. She received her BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006. Her work has been shown nationally, displayed in various publications, and held in private collections. She is a curator and mother of three young children.
In her work, she embraces her family's practice of storytelling. Drawing from nostalgic memories, photographs, and fantastical stories she builds whimsical, ephemeral memorials. These memorials are often centered around relationships and times once had. In each piece she makes obscure, and personal references to individuals, motherhood, legacy,
permanence, and impermanence.
For her, creating art is an act of accounting, remembering, and holding space for those fleeting moments. Her art practice is an act of “planting seeds” for rebirth. She has found this concept best described through the words of author Joseph
Campbell in what he describes as “The Myth of the Eternal Return.”
She works in a variety of mediums including installation, photography, painting, and mixed media collage. She uses literal and symbolic imagery that varies in each work. She's interested in creating deeply introspective spaces that are also interactive for the viewers.
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