River City’s October Artist of the Month finds ‘purpose in creating’

Elise Spaid-Roberts of Terre Haute is River City Art Association’s October Artist of the Month at the Vigo County Public Library at Seventh and Poplar streets.

Elise is well-known in the art community for her small paintings, painted figurines, blackout poetry and mixed media creations.

Tornado Alley by Elise Spaid-Roberts

Tornado Alley by Elise Spaid-Roberts

“My artwork is a form of catharsis for me. Art making allows me a chance to process or
escape the world. I find purpose in creating. Most of my art is small scale works or blackout
poetry. My tiny art varies from relief sculpted scenery within bottle caps, to landscape paintings
on a penny, and miniature figurine painting. My blackout poetry inspires larger paintings of
abstract landscapes. I turn entire books into blackout poems. I have showcased my small works
and blackout poetry books locally and through galleries in the United States.
Subject matter for my work is heavily influenced by a trip I took to the Outer Hebrides of
Scotland. My adventure was in 2011, but the landscape, sea, and Gaidhlig language has left a
lasting impact on me. Other inspiration comes from the extreme weather and cloud formations
in the Midwest. I easily get lost in the process of painting storm clouds and colors found in
extreme weather.”

“Wander,” Bottle Cap Paintings-Elise Spaid-Roberts



About RiverCityArt

A non-profit organization based in Terre Haute, Indiana, that promotes, supports and enhances an appreciation of the visual arts in the Wabash Valley through art exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, and any and all other appropriate means. Membership open to artists age 18 and older.
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