Star Maps and Cosmic Things

Opening Reception June 7th , 6pm- 10pm
Exhibits runs
June 7th to July 6th

About the Artist:

Elke began at Rutgers University in New Jersey where she worked at Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There she collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, she was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which she helped organize. These two formative influences have left her with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, Elke became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught printmaking at Lill Street Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center (both in Chicago).

Artist Statement:

Throughout my career, I have developed my own artistic style and techniques through printmaking. Though it is now an underrated medium, printmaking allows for infinite variations of the relationship between mechanical production and a human touch. Some of its more sensual and sculptural qualities are impossible to achieve with state- of- the- art digital graphics. Working in my studio means unveiling such qualities with handmade translucent, fluorescent and metallic inks and layered analog imagery. Science and occult textbooks have been the source for most of these illustrations and thereby convey what is normally “unseeable”. The resulting hybrid of old- fashioned craftsmanship and cosmic beauty springs from the colors and textures of real woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography. It is my sincerest wish that the artwork I produce would offer something stimulating and compelling to the viewer, while sustaining printmaking’s tradition.

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself on seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere, where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, Morpho offers infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together. As members of the Bowmanville community and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, we strive to enliven the area around us as active participants in community development and growth.