Elise Marie Martin

Photo of Elise Marie Martin
Photo of Elise Marie Martin

Elise Marie Martin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Detroit. She seeks to do work that encourages engagement and interaction while questioning our relationship with objects.

Martin received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies and her MFA from Wayne State University.

“As a maker of objects, I have become very interested in the power of inanimate things to influence behavior or mediate relationships.”

“In my studio practice, I try to create interactive sculptural works that tiptoe the line between the passive object and active participant.”

Her studio practice is complemented by her work in art education and art-based community programs.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Martin began making furniture objects in her likeness to explore her role as an introverted empath.

“The idea was that these objects could act as my stand-in, offering intimacy and emotional support to others when I couldn’t be physically present or didn’t have the energy to be emotionally present.”

Artwork titled "Physical and Emotional Support Chair"
Artwork titled “Physical and Emotional Support Chair”

“I am particularly drawn to the familiar domestic art and slow handicraft practices, materials, and processes that inherently show a lot of care and attention.”

Photo of Elise Marie Martin's studio
Photo of Elise Marie Martin’s studio

“I then seek to push those processes beyond the conventional means of production, altering things just enough to create an uncanny experience and subvert the viewer’s expectations of how an object should behave.”

Currently, Martin is working on a collection of interactive sculptures and art experiences designed to bring people together.

  • For more information on Elise Marie Martin and her work visit her Website and Instagram!
  • Also, to learn more about the Sharing Space exhibition and its artists visit our Sharing Space Page!

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