Elise Rasmussen is a research-based artist working in photography, video, and performance. Her work questions authoritative notions of history and how storytelling, the role of memory, and the archive can be repurposed and repositioned to fit contemporary ideological positions. Her work has been exhibited, performed, and screened at international venues including the Brooklyn Museum (NY), CCS Bard Hessel Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson), Night Gallery (LA), Erin Stump Projects (Toronto), Standpoint Gallery (London), Werkschauhalle Gallery (Leipzig), and Threewalls (Chicago), and she was in the group exhibition Tongue Stones at Pioneer Works earlier this year. Rasmussen received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a merit scholarship and has participated in residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, SOMA (Mexico City), and the Banff Centre in Canada.
As an artist in residence at Pioneer Works Elise Rasmussen will develop a new body of work that pursues her methodology of re-purposing histories. Expanding her interest in the work of Ana Mendieta, Rasmussen will further explore the 70’s land art movement and its relationship with utopian concepts both past and present.