It was Spring 2004 when she started dropping some dots on a photocopied image of her eye and she never stopped since: “dotting” was born.
Prof. Rosi, her tutor at Bologna Academy of Fine Art, helped to bring out her best, supporting her and encouraging her to experiment with different materials.
After her BA in Fine Art her work was exhibited at Bologna Art Fair 2007, a key moment in her life. She started working with galleries in Italy and Tokyo.
Elisa is from Salsomaggiore Terme, a little town in north of Italy.
She was a lively and creative child. Her primary school teacher preferred to teach applied art instead of literature or history. This was probably her first Art influence.
She joined an Art high school in Parma and she also played basketball for 18 years, 8 as a professional. Competition and discipline learned on the court are imprinted in her personality and her work. Driven by her true passions since she was 9: basketball and Art (now only Art).
In 2009 she moved to London where she lives and works. Elisa has exhibited her work in Italy, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong.
"Dotting" is a meditative and therapeutic process: the drops falling, colour on colour, shade on shade, to create a three-dimensional texture of dots which engages the viewer them from a visual perception to a tactile one.
Throughout my life I have always needed to express myself in a creative way mainly through Art and sports: freedom to create, energy and discipline to reach goals and dreams.
I used to play with puzzles and colouring books a great deal. I believe "dotting" was an evolution of my favourite childhood games, as a different way to colour using drops of paint, becoming dots to compose the picture, like pieces of a puzzle.
It has been my signature technique for the past 13 years and it really is my powerful tool that identifies me as the artist I am.
I love combining "my dots" with different media, experimenting on different and unconventional supports, stretching the boundaries to see how far my Art can go.
In this occasion, alongside some of my mixed media dotted pieces, I would like to create a “self portrait” of my technique by engaging with the viewer through a sensorial experience involving all the 5 senses.