The paintings of Elisse Pogofsky-Harris are steeped in personal symbolism and art historical allusions, creating an ephemeral world where multi-layered dreams and reality overlap.
The artist admires baroque painters, particularly Caravaggio, whose energetically manipulated drapery complements and emphasizes human gestures and feelings. Drapery, with an absence of the figure, becomes a dramatic icon for deeper consideration. In the artist's own words, "The alienating influence of the technological age has created in me the need to construct my own world of mystery and romance. I want these works to provide a mirror, where my stories allow viewers to reflect on their own stories."
Elisse Pogofsky-Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois and has a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Michigan. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions at The Carnegie Art Museum, The Frye Museum in Seattle, Washington, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, and at the Santa Barbara Arts Commission. Her artwork is part of the collections of corporations, universities and libraries.