Elsa Lye

ELSA LYE

My work as Shape Shifter: acknowledging the special dance between viewer and art; asking questions that will justify the space it owns, hopefully triggering an intuitive response from the viewer which could alter the way we see feel, understand and enjoy.

Studio

My studio is at Ahoy Creative Space, 11 Bankard Street, Raglan village. Open each weekend or when the flags are out or by appointment.

You can also find my work at:

  • Kanuka Design, Volcom Lane, Raglan
  • Inspirit Gallery, Pencarrow Road, The Narrows, Tamahere, Hamilton

About

Elsa Lye (MFA hons) is a multidisciplinary artist who works intuitively, acknowledging the special dance between viewer and art; the place of spirit in art. Art as Shape Shifter asking questions that will justify the space it owns. Hopefully triggering a response from the viewer which could alter the way we see/feel, and enjoy.

“Before I called myself artist I was farmer. I humbly acknowledge that my life skills, independence and spirit have been honed by powerful elements that form the land, sea and my love and concern for humanity. These elements and feelings manifest intuitively in my work.

Many of my paintings are painted en pleine air (outside in the environment), west coast Raglan. Where the struggle to capture this beautiful coast is tempered by the weather’s ability to disrupt and drive me crazy. While my clay sculptures often relate to human environments and concerns.”

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting

CV

In 2010, I completed my MFA at Whitecliffe, Auckland, graduating in multi-screen video shot in Raglan for my final exhibition.

  • 2010 Time un Timed Video Installation. Whitecliffe MFA, Pearce Gallery, Auckland.
  • 2009 Windsocks Video Installation. Whitecliffe MFA, Pearce Gallery, Auckland.

My work is in private collections and The Waikato Museum of Art and History.

Awards and recognition

  • 2015 The Cardinals. Clay and steel. Merit Award: National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
  • 2011 Drawn to the Edge. Ink and shellac on pieced butter paper. New Zealand Painting and Printmaking National Award
  • 2009 No.1, mono print on aluminium. New Zealand Painting and Printmaking National Award
  • 2007 Origins of the species. Winner: Fieldays No8 Wire National Sculpture, ArtsPost, Hamilton
  • 2006 For the Birds’. Waiclay Ceramic National Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History
  • 2005 There were sign’s in the Sky. McCaw Lewis Chapman Painting Award, ArtsPost, Hamilton
  • 2005 The Wind Catcher. No8 Wire National Sculpture Award Te Awamutu Museum – Taupo Museum
  • 2001 Untrod’ diptych acrylic and ink, canvas on board. Art Waikato National Paint and Printmaking Award
  • 1998 Dance on a Wire. No8 Wire National Sculpture Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting