This work combines my passion for both painting and collage. Using my deconstructed paintings, I challenge myself to reassemble the cut-up pieces of different paintings to create fresh new works. This is both an exhilarating and frightening experience for me because, in essence, I am destroying finished pieces to create something new and unexpected. 

I use abstraction as the way to start my process.  By building up my canvas with mediums and collage, textures are created that become the foundation on which I paint. Using bold gestural strokes or creating an oasis of color to immerse myself in is a way that I express my thoughts. I then cut my paintings, looking further for the images within the abstraction to be revealed. By juxtaposing the assorted pieces of paintings, I look to create a new dialogue.  The placement between texture, color and form each has a purpose and is used alongside the
movement of line and brush stroke to create a balance for a larger more poignant conversation.  

It’s fascinating for me to contemplate the reasons why relationships work. Each individual piece has its own uniqueness and my focus is to reconstruct and connect them while creating a work that is arresting and provokes thought. It’s an exciting process of discovery and rediscovery. 

Paint on Paper Collage

Little Demons, The Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD

​​​​​Elise Margolis 

Tipping Point  22" x 30" Gouache, Acrylic, Paste & Fine Art Paper