Elise Broadway (1993) Currently lives and works in Dallas, USA. she completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and graduated from the Royal College of Art, London with an MA in Fine Art in 2019.
Elise creates free-standing and wall-mounted sculptural works using stuffed, drawn or painted fabrics, often using stock images of people and animals found on the internet. The result is a startling mixture of the sophisticated and ungainly, with the apparently mundane transformed into something special and memorable.
Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibition internationally including; The Codex Project, Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia (2020), Surge, East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2018 ) and Studies of Itoshima, Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan (2016). Her work has been featured in publications including ART Habens (2019) and Dwell (March 2019)
“I believe that certain characteristics of ASD have gifted me the ability to communicate complex ideas without having to verbalize; I can focus on building intimate worlds within my work and my art practice allows me to organize visual/physical narratives within a controlled space.
These created worlds allow for an absence or distortion of temporal and spatial linearity yet accumulate a surreal flow; characteristics which challenge social realities but present a mode of communication specific to my own experience.” Elise Broadway.
On becoming one of the winners of the Spectrum Art Award 2020:
"I feel deeply honoured to be selected as a finalist for the Spectrum Art Award, I believe that the prize has and will continue to inspire future paths of my work, whilst also validating the complex and uniquely individual experiences of neuro-diverse artists.
In the future I want to pursue research into how specific repetitive imagery and sensory data might be particularly significant within the narrative and dialogue of the autistic psychological thought process. In particular, how mental routines and attachments to objects and images might help one navigate the challenges and unexpected anxieties of everyday life.
I would like to continue connecting with neuro-diverse individuals through Spectrum to help build a more inclusive and focused dialogue on the intersection of neuro-diversity and the arts." Elise Broadway