“In Finding Ana, Rasmussen creates documentation without archival sterility; she memorializes Mendieta without slipping into hagiography. At a time when numerous institutions and artists are attempting to re-evaluate and revisit Mendieta’s work, striking this balance is no simple task. Beautifully haunting, these images capture the imagination even without the relatively romantic notion of rediscovery. They are photographs that celebrate more than Mendieta — they champion the trace, the hint. They raise the winking suggestion that someone came before; that some magic was here.” – Esse.ca, 2014, Caoimhe Morgan-Feir
Elise Rasmussen (b. 1977) is a New York-based artist born in Edmonton, Canada. She is a research-based artist working in photography, film and performance. Her solo and group exhibitions include Tongue Stones, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Finding Ana, Erin Stump Projects, Toronto, Canada (2013); and I Am Not A Man, Not Now, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2012). Her grants include a Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts (2012, 2014); and a Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts (2013). Her residencies and fellowships include the Banff Centre, Artist-in-Residence, Banff, Canada (2014); SOMA Summer Artist Residency, SOMA, Mexico City (2013); and Hayward Fellowship, International Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria (2007). Rasmussen received a B.F.A. from Ryerson University and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007).
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist