Elissa Cox was supposed to exhibit earlier in 2009 but could not due to an elbow injury. For updated exhibition information click here.


Elissa Cox: with a twinge and a grimace

Elissa Cox's installation in the Euclid Avenue Gallery, with a twinge and a grimace, turns the world inside out to exemplify human pain. Hers are exuberant, seemingly chaotically constructed, often visually and emotionally overwhelming environments made with cloth, wax, plaster, and latex… Her forms, both actual and fantastical, are inspired by the micro and macro configurations of the human body's interior structure and organs and the natural landscape. The work presents transitions from pain to beauty and approaches an embodiment of exquisite pain. The installation becomes a literal landscape of the pain, rawness, and splendor found hidden within the body and the psyche.

Elissa Cox is an Assistant Professor on tenure track at Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA. She completed a residency at Sculpture Space (Utica, NY) in summer 2008. Her work has most recently been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Penn State University (State College, PA- 2009), the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art (New Harmony, IN - 2008), the Lexington Art League (Lexington, KY - 2008) and the Slocomb Galleries of East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN - 2007), and will be seen in 2009 at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS). Her work has been in group exhibitions at the Tacoma Contemporary (Tacoma, WA - 2008), the Roy G Biv Gallery (Columbus, OH - 2006), and other museums and galleries across the country. She received her MFA from Ohio University (2007), completed Post Baccalaureate Studies in Ceramics at the University of Colorado (Boulder, CO - 2003-04), and was awarded her BFA and BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN - 2003).

This exhibition featured an in gallery performance by the musical ensemble FiveOne. Click here to see pictures from the performance and to learn more.


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