Elise Thompson 

 Elise Thompson 

I have two veins of work, which I display together and work on simultaneously. These paintings, sometimes sculptural, begin or end with translucent surfaces. In one iteration, paintings have clean surfaces on top--stretched with vinyl or chiffon. White frames recede into the walls while other parts of the frame are treated with subtle hues or textural paint. The veiled infrastructure of my works become the image through the surface, though not explicit about a pictorial image as if there is something to hide or search. In the second iteration, the paint returns to the surface in an expressive, textural manner as if in the former vein, inhibitions are let go through improvisation. Opaque and translucent layers build organically alluding to the figure and even food. The frame and wall are exposed through the surface in select areas becoming part of the image while also disrupting it. My works are read as paintings when on the wall, but when installed perpendicular to walls, or in the round, they create associations with architecture, furniture, and the body. My paintings and sculptures engage in a dialog about vulnerability and the competing desire to either remain private, or explicitly share. Details are found behind layers through variations of concealing and revealing information.