Born: Sheffield, UK
Education: First Class BA (Honours) in Interactive Arts, Manchester School of Art 2010 – 2013 2.1 BA (Honours) in English, Exeter University 2002 – 2005
Elisa Artesero is a Light and Text Artist using installation to address themes of transience, the nature of happiness and hope. She has exhibited in the UK, Iceland, France, Montenegro and the Faroe Islands.
She is one of the top 5 Curator Choices for NOISE Festival 2014, selected from over 5,000 entries by Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy, London. Her winning entry, ‘Sun Scroll’ was exhibited at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester, the Tetley in Leeds, and at Better Bankside and on London’s Southbank.
Elisa had a large-scale solo exhibition ‘Light Holds Me Here’ in Manchester September 2014 funded using public funding through Arts Council England and sponsored with lighting by Pulsar. In November 2014 she had work installed in the Nordic House at the light art and literature festival, Bókadagur, in the Faroe Islands.
She was selected as a Red Bull Creative 2014 and asked to collaborate with award-winning photographer, Layla Sailor, to create a special installation in Red Bull Studios, central London. Elisa was awarded another Arts Council England grant to produce ‘A Solid Wish Scatters’, her first large-scale outdoor piece of work in Piccadilly Gardens for the Enlighten Manchester Festival of Light Art 2014.
She exhibited one of her largest outdoor works, DREAMERS, as part of Lumiere Durham 2015, a four-day international light festival produced by Artichoke – the largest festival of its kind in the UK. DREAMERS was shortlisted for the international awards, The Darc Awards 2016, for Best Light Art category.
She was commissioned by Canary Wharf to create ‘The Garden of Floating Words’ 2017; then went on to Iceland to create mountainside projection ‘Tonight We Dream’ for the List i Ljosi Festival.
She continues to create light and text art for festivals and exhibitions in the UK and internationally.
‘The Garden of Floating Words’ was shortlisted for The Darc Awards 2017 and long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2018.