Los Angeles artist Elyse Graham started out as a jewelry maker and sculptor, toggling between the two and allowing each discipline to influence the other. Most recently, she expanded her business to include objects for the home; she displayed her enchanting vases, mirrors and cake plates at the winter edition of NY NOW.
â€œI have always found satisfaction in being able to make pieces that people may touch and wear,â€ Graham explains.
â€œIt was a natural transition for me to evolve my practice to include smaller sculptures and objects for the home.â€
Her signature detail provides clues about her process: beguiling resin â€œstalactitesâ€ that appear to make time stand still.
â€œI am really interested in the idea of incorporating art into the everyday. I love making sculptural pieces that people feel comfortable living with and enjoying. There seems to be a growing trend in both galleries as well as boutiques to blur the line between art and object. Robert Apodaca, the owner of Fifth Floor Gallery in Los Angeles, is a perfect example of someone who encourages this melding of art and life. He has a retail shop selling objects and furniture by contemporary designers on one level, and on the other, he shows larger pieces and artwork by many of the same designers/artists.
My Drip Collection was born out of experimentation with different types of resin. I had used this incredibly seductive material previously in my sculptural work, and I wanted to find a way to incorporate it into a series of objects for the home. I am particularly interested in the resinâ€™s chameleon-like quality of appearing to be another material. My translucent drips look like delicate glass spires, and I love how that confusion encourages people to take a closer look the pieces. Because I take inspiration from the geology and atmosphere of my native California (particularly the striated rock formations and the beautiful blend of colors in the evening sky), I also enjoy being able to seamlessly layer colors with the material.â€
Drip cake plate showcases Elyse Graham’s signature resin stalactites. It’s available in four patterns: Mirror, Atomic, Confetti and Bull’s-eye (shown). www.elysegraham.com
Elyse Graham explains her artistic progression from making jewelry and sculpture to home accessories.