Elise Whittemore

Algae 1
(15″x11.5″; woodcut monoprint; 2015)

Elise Whittemore
Colchester, Vermont


I’m interested in nature study collections–how the taxonomy of a plant collection narrows the focus down to one organism, while seeing it within its greater context. My studies become pieces of cut paper and wood that are inked and layered again and again. The prints are a result of that accumulation and mirror my fascination with the particular as well as the relationship it has to the larger project. I’m looking at how these images change as they multiply, and how my understanding of them changes as they accrue.


Elise Whittemore is a painter/printmaker who makes a living as an editorial designer of books and magazines. She has a BFA from Syracuse University where she studied printmaking, photography and design. Her studies have included woodcut printing and lithography at the Art Student’s league in New York and a painting residency at the School of Visual Arts. She’s been a member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition as well as 215 College Gallery in Burlington, Vermont. Along with artists Kate Donnelly and Sumru Tekin, she ran the Young Curators of Vermont, a year-long class with high school students, on learning curatorial skills and launching a gallery exhibit, “Systematic Paradox”.


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Algae 2
(15″x11.5″; woodcut monoprint; 2015)

Algae 3
(15″x11.5″; woodcut monoprint; 2015)

Algae 4
(15″x11.5″; woodcut monoprint; 2015)

Algae 5
(15″x11.5″; woodcut monoprint; 2015)