Elysia Vandenbussche

Class of 2021

Website: www.elysiavk.com
Instagram: @___elysia___

Do I hold the object or does the object hold me?  

Ceramics is a way for me to investigate how one relates to their body, observe limitations and extensions in space, and look at the way we are looking through the architecture of absence – to delicately point the eyes inward to see the center but not occupy it. I negotiate with diverse materials to re-examine language, challenge presuppositions, and discover unexpected connections. 

ELYSIA (b.1987) received her BFA from College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (2011). Upon graduating, she established a private studio company in Detroit and continued a full time practice with a focus in Ceramics. During this time, Elysia served a wide range of private clients, organizations, and public clients, such as Shinola, Inscape NYC, and Design Within Reach.  Elysia was a resident artist at Red Bull House of Art (2012) and has three permanent ceramic art installations at Whole Foods Detroit, Trumbull + Porter Hotel, and DMC Children’s Hospital. Her work has been published (Grazia, France 2014 & Detroit ResearchVOL3,2019) and has exhibited in numerous group shows, such as N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI and a solo exhibition at Playground Detroit Gallery (2018). Elysia is also active in filmmaking and co-owns a production company. Summer 2019 was her Director debut of a short documentary film which was included in the 2019 Detroit Freep Film Festival (the only woman director in this category at Freep) and the Cinetopia Film Festival. Elysia is a multidisciplinary ceramic artist with a diverse body of work and is currently a second year in the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.