Artist focuses on space, dimensions

Aug. 19, 2013 @ 04:39 PM

Elisa Berry Fonseca enjoys working in three dimensions when it comes to creating her artwork.

While some artists focus on two-dimensional artwork, Fonseca works to create height, width and depth in her work and to use the space around her.

Throughout her Monroe studio, you can find various three-dimensional pieces, some of which appear to be floating in the air or climbing along the walls, while others appear to be emerging out of the floor.

"I like to create line drawings in space," Fonseca said.

She describes her artwork as very sculptural and inspired by both natural and abstract forms. She was an art major in college and for a while did a lot of painting and drawing. She eventually took a fiber arts class, which allowed her to work with different materials, which later led to her creating the artwork she creates today.

"It allowed me to feel like I'm performing something in space," she said in reference to the artwork she now does. 

Fonseca, who is a Minnesota native, has always been interested in art. Her mother was an artist, which helped spark her interest in art at an early age. Today, often looking at a sunset, rock formations or other aspect of nature can inspire her to create a number of different pieces. A lot of the artwork she creates today often has some influence of nature in it. She loves the artwork she creates though she admits that being an artist can be hard at times.

"I love making art, the hard part is marketing yourself," she said.

She continues to work to get her art out to the public and is currently working with a program offered by the Charlotte Arts & Science Council, which allows her to create a variety of pieces. She encourages other artists to look for similar programs that could help them with marketing their own work as well, she said.

According to the Arts & Science Council website, Fonseca is one of nine artists participating in the council's inaugural season of Community Supported Art (CSA), which functions as a platform that allows art lovers to buy mystery boxes of locally produced art from selected artists. The purpose of the program is to build reciprocal relationships between local artists and arts supporters. The nine artists selected for the program receive a commission of $1,750 each and create 50 pieces of limited edition artwork specifically for the program. Each artist's work will then be packaged and distributed as member shares to participants at pick-up events in September, October and November. More information about the program can be found on the Arts & Science Council's website at www.artsandscience.org.

Fonseca's studio can be found in the Secrest Building in downtown Monroe. For more information about her and her artwork visit ebfonseca.com or call 952-217-3993. She can also be reached by e-mail at elisa.kari@gmail.com.