Degree: Master of Fine Art
University: Glasgow School of Art
Graduation Year: 2015
"Your skin, an ocean, incalculable, immediate… " Elke Finkenauer has been busy carving a name for herself in the contemporary art scene these last few years; shortlisted for a range of notable awards including the Wallace Art Award and awarded the Gilbert Bayes Postgraduate Scholarship. With work that focuses on "coalescing slices of image" and "an interface between the haptic, sensory, physical world," Elke’s work is an enchantingly minimalist display that is as tender as it is contemplative.
She could perhaps be compared to Ian Hamilton Finlay; known for his particularly poetic brand of Neoclassical inscription. Elke herself has created the radiant 11,099 miles (Silver foil embossment) putting her wonderfully mind-jangling quote "Your skin, an ocean, incalculable, immediate…" to the paper and embossing it in scintillating silver…
My work explores spaces of inversion and slippage through printmaking, drawing, text, and sculpture. It is motivated by fundamental paradoxes such as the relationship between the said and the unsaid, or how to make the complex simple and the simple complex.
Flatness is given form through coalescing slices of image, material and process, mirroring a translation between media and lived experience.
Colour and texture are important elements of an engagement with surface as a site of perception and invention – an interface between the haptic, sensory, physical world and that of contemplation, cognition and affect.
2019, Knock Knock, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
2018, Priscilla (75) & Friends: a portrait, #24hrwindow, Glasgow
2017, Saturday Safari, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow
2016, Approximately Bacon, The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow
2015, escape(!), Govanhll Baths, Glasgow
2015, Going Spare, Lust and The Apple, Midlothian
2013, A Certain Uncertainty, Project AIR, Auckland
2019, Something to Remember, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
2019, Member's Club, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
2018, Something to Remember, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
2016, Selected Works, Citizen M, Glasgow
2015, Awkmo, Glasgow Open House Art Festival, Glasgow
2014, Aesthetica Art Prize, St Marys, York
2019, Wallace Art Awards (Salon)
2018, Glasgow Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award
2016, West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call: Commendation
2015, Gilbert Bayes Postgraduate Scholarship
2015, Wallace Art Awards
2014, Aesthetica Art Prize (shortlisted for student prize)