Elyse-Krista AnnaMarie Mische
Death is a taboo topic and an existential issue that has plagued humankind since the beginning of existence; the mystery and inevitability of death causes fear and anxiety. During a lifetime, most people search for a purpose, we want to live up to something and hope to defy and cope with our imminence through belief systems or by passing on memories through stories and objects. I use my mixed media practice to preserve personal memories and those of others but also as a tool to break down the fence that separates us from talking about and acknowledging death. By facing the idea that we are mere mortals, we may live more mindful and fulfilling lives and put greater value into our time. I utilize processes from my childhood like papier-mâché, handicrafts, and make-believe to construct narratives and objects that act as time capsules and make daunting topics like time, memory, death, and afterlife more approachable. These existential dilemmas are universal so I research a wide variety of contemporary and historical philosophical, religious, and scientific perspectives on living and dying to inform my work.
Elyse-Krista Mische is a mixed-media artist who contemplates mortality, memory, unreality, and time through her drawings, sculpture, and performance pieces. She embraces make-believe and craft processes from her youth to preserve her childhood self and to address existential issues. Elyse-Krista grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota and now resides in Appleton WI, where in 2011 she earned a B.A. in studio art from Lawrence University. She has completed artist residencies at Holden Village (Chelan, WA 2015), with Elsewhere Studios (Paonia, CO 2016), and at The Charles Adams Studio Project (Lubbock, TX 2016). Since 2010, Elyse-Krista has shown nationally in both group and solo exhibitions including Gulf Coast State College (Panama City, FL), University Wisconsin Marinette (Marinette WI), MacRostie Art Center (Grand Rapids, MN), Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), and with the James May Gallery (Algoma, WI). She has been commissioned by Goodwill Industries of Wisconsin and the Appleton Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce to create public sculpture and murals. Elyse-Krista is currently a 2017-2018 artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN) and has an upcoming solo show at Abel Contemporary Gallery (Belleville, WI).