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Elise Raborg

University of Arkansas

The Weather Suits My Clothes
oil on canvas


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

After coming back home from a long trip away, I wanted to explore my relationship with my house and with the environment, colors, dogs, strangers, memories and routines that accompany it.

How do you describe your work and practice?

I approach making as a means to project and preserve memories of events and emotions that are attached to the space and objects with which I am most intimate.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I am excited and honored to have the opportunity, through the XL Catlin Art Prize, to be a part of a talented, dedicated and disciplined group of emerging artists.

How do you approach a new work?

I often reference mnemonic drawings that are reinterpreted and reconstituted until I get a flavorful concentrate of whatever experience and atmosphere I need. This process yields moments of intimacy, humor and personal narrative.