Elyse Watkins

Elyse Watkins has degrees in both the visual arts and psychology. Psychological concepts deeply imbue her embroidered artworks. Her Unbridled Mind series was shown in the College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of NSW graduate exhibition in 2010.  In these works Elyse overlays drawings on sheer organza with stitched imagery using horsehair to give an internal and external bodily perspective; the inside visceral workings of skin peeled back in juxtaposition with a garment or covering. She says of this dual view that ‘the internal and external realms of the female body have been examined in fine detail in order to illustrate the internal realm of emotions and external realm of reasons.’ Now based in Melbourne, Elyse continues to develop and present new work.

March 2015