Elisa Katharine Wilcock
BA (Hons) Fine Art
As an installation artist, I use exclusively organic latex as the predominant material to create large scale installations. Using this material, my installations allow the viewer to fully immerse themselves within the work. The material and visual qualities of the latex immediately refer back to flesh, which then allows me to create soft sculptural objects that play with form, weight and gravity within the installations I build. Most recently, my practice has embodied large scale sheets of latex (the largest to date being 6m x 2m) as well as the creation of multiple soft sculptures of various forms and shapes. These installations adhere to ideas of biomorphism, ephemerality, the body and contingency. Playing with materiality, soft sculpture and abject associations, I intend to transfix the viewer by evoking feelings of both discomfort and desire. The viewer may feel repelled and disgusted by the flesh-like resemblance of the latex or intrigued with a desire to touch – the physicality of the material and its associations allowing for a paradox of feelings. It is a limitless practice playing with both materiality and association, alongside human physiology and psychology.