By Megan Nicoletti, Intern
Elissa Marian Tuerk is an artist located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, currently working in the mediums of sculpture, photography and digital collage. Elissa Tuerk began her college education at Delaware County Community College with a Certificate in Photography and an Associates degree in Fine Arts. Tuerk has been featured in seven exhibitions at Delaware County Community College, along with being awarded the Honorable Mention award.
Pursuing her path in the art field, Elissa Tuerk spent the rest of her college career attending Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Tuerk adding on to her success thus far received the Board of Trustees scholarship at Moore College of Art and Design which lead her to countless opportunities. In addition to being accepted into the San Francisco Disposable Film Festival, Tuerk’s artwork has been in several shows in Philadelphia such as Merge and Convergence. Wrapping up her college career, Elissa Tuerk was awarded the QVC Award for Professional Presentation and Accomplishment in Photography and Digital Art for her Moore’s Senior Thesis Exhibit.
Fig 1: Elissa Marian Tuerk, Rock and Vitrine in Conflict, 2015, Plaster, pastel, graphite, and steel, 49"W x 45" D x 66" H
Elissa Marian Tuerk, Edge, 2014-2015, wood, steel, plaster, pastel, graphite, 59" H x 14 1/4" W x 17 1/4" DWhen observing Rock and Virtrine in Conflict ( see fig. 1), it portrays an image that is not what it might be. From a far distance, the surroundings seem to be holding up the rock, however, when close up to the sculpture, the rock is essentially floating in the middle. Rocks are heavy masses, and this created boulder is an illusion of a lack of gravity. Elissa Tuerk’s strategy of questioning established norms and challenging traditional forms and limits of artwork is shown in this sculpture; the rock poses a question to viewer, not only of physics through the levitation of the subject, but also an emotional one. Trapping a form of nature within a manmade structure elicits anxiety and confusion. Tuerk centers her work around her bold and wide ranged curiosity about the world. Rock and Virtrine in Conflict expresses Elissa Tuerk’s way of expressing art through illusion and fabrication. It is also a piece that portrays Tuerk’s method of inviting the viewer to question their perception of what is normal, official or accepted.
Elissa Tuerk is currently represented by Seraphin Gallery and her work is on display in Gallery 2 until October 18, 2015. Seraphin Gallery is pleased to congratulate Elissa Tuerk on her achievements thus far.