Elle MacLaren’s creative process manifests as an exploration of environmental images. Material, color, and texture are the important elements of this exploration using encaustic, metal, cement, oils, graphite, collage, and various other media.
Her work references psychological landscapes, cityscapes, and planet-scapes. “I am interested in the relationship between people and natural and manmade environments,” says MacLaren. “There are many layers to observing the familiar. There is an imprint, a memory, a feeling that goes beyond observation. The images I create aim to bring the viewer into seeing the environment on a deeper level. It is my intention to evoke a response from the viewer that gives them a larger sense of knowing the source when looking at the familiar.”
Based in Santa Fe, MacLaren holds a BA in drawing and painting from Alma College.