Photographs and drawings examining the fragile limits and violence too often present in intimate partner relationships. Much of Gardella’s work explores the boundaries between fictive and documentary photography. In Gray Shapeless Monster, using actors posed by her direction, she traces humanistic and personal concerns driven by a commitment to social justice and her experience as an emergency room advocate for survivors of domestic violence. In this role she confronts ideas of love and promise malformed.
BIO: Elise Gardella is an artist who tracks the disruptions and harmonies that occur in individual lives and social groups. Influenced by music, feminism, and the spiritual underpinnings of her childhood she creates visual stories in dialogue with her frequent questions and pervasive hopes. Her work has been published in MaximumRocknroll and Punk Planet. She has shown internationally and participated in 16 Beaver Group Continental Drift—Artists Making Political Work, NY and FEEL TANK Pathogeographies, Chicago. She was part of the collective, Friends of William Blake and created the Baghdad Snapshot Action. In 2012: visiting artist at Picture Berlin and resident artist at The Shandaken Project. Gardella (MFA, Bard College; BFA, California College of the Arts) lives in Manhattan and dedicates this new work, Gray Shapeless Monster, to Nadine Ciel DelGallo and her generation.