Elisa Contemporary Art

Exhibition Details

Re-Imagining Past Possessions: Works of Recycled Materials

We're bringing the world together to save the earth. Our international featured artists recycle and reuse materials to create stunning artwork and sculptures. A co-curated exhibit at TransFORM Gallery, Westchester.


We're partnering with transFORM Gallery in Westchester to present an eco-minded exhibit, Re-Imagining Past Possessions - Works of Recycled Materials.

We have a special Green Drinks event coming up on May 28th from 6-9pm with Green Guru Network & Green Team Spirit. Join other eco-minded businesses and entrepreneurs and our artist, Aurora Robson in this networking evening. To join us, simply register here

Our featured artists recycle and reuse materials including magazines, scrap metal, junk mail and more to create stunning artwork and sculptures. We're bringing the world together to save the earth with an international representation including:

And in celebration of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 20th we'll be hosting a series of children's art workshops transforming recycled materials to treasures!

Our artists reimagine the debris and discarded materials of our planet to create a new vision. For Canadian born Aurora Robson, she uses plastic debris, packaging materials and junk mail to create her multi-media artwork. These materials are transformed into mesmerizing and light-filled artwork. A Junk Mail collage entitled “Twister” will be on exhibit.

Sculptor Carole Eisner works with the leftover materials of our civilization including fragments of historic buildings, bridges, gears, tools, automotive parts and scrap metal. She recombines and reassembles these iron and steel scraps into new life through her creative vision.

Uruguayan artist, Adriana Rostovsky collects objects that others throw out. As a child, it ranged from gum wrappers to bus tickets, empty toy boxes to papers and postcards. She is drawn to recycled materials because they contain a history, a story, and reconnect her to her European past where recycling was a necessity for survival. Today, she transforms these materials into three dimensional artwork filled with stories of lives and loves.

Irish-Korean artist, Lisa Mee Doherty integrates recycled fabrics, papers and metals into her mixed media paintings to help balance our frail ecological planet. According to Lisa “By demonstrating how to reuse and recycle in a creative way… This is my way of making a difference.”

Chilean mixed media artist, Rodolfo Edwards incorporates artifacts, modified pictures, photographs and papers from fashion magazines and other sources to create his architectural urban spaces. He transforms his materials into highways, and bridges and buildings that continuously flow into each other and away – an urban dynamic that is organic, harmonious and unique.

We will be hosting two special events: Children’s Art Workshops
Two Earth Day inspired Children’s Art Workshops will be held on Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. They will be led by exhibiting artists, Lisa Mee Doherty and Adriana Rostovsky.

Each workshop will be using recycled materials (some provided and others brought in by participants) to create a piece of artwork.

The workshops are Free, but RSVP required with parent name, email, child’s name, age and # of attendees to Lisa@ElisaArt.com or events@transFORMHome.com. Limited space.

What: Re-Imagining Past Possessions. Works of Recycled Materials. A co-curated exhibit by Elisa Contemporary Art and transFORM gallery

Artists: Lisa Mee Doherty, Rodolfo Edwards, Carole Eisner, Aurora Robson, Adriana Rostovsky

When: March 14 through May 31, 2013

Special Events:

Where: transFORM Gallery, 20 Jones Street, New Rochelle, NY, 10801.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM

Directions to transFORM Gallery:
By Train: Metro-North to New Rochelle, via train, there is a taxi stand, right outside the train station, to take you to transFORM's showroom/gallery.The ride takes about 5 minutes and the fare is about $4.00.

By Car: there is parking in 3 locations:

We have "Event" and "Parking" signs along Jones Street.

Meet the Artists:

About Canadian artist, Aurora Robson
Aurora Robson is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her transformative work interrupting the waste stream using plastic debris, excess packaging and junk mail.

A Canadian, Robson was born in Toronto in 1972 and has lived and worked in New York City for the past 21 years. Robson grew up in Maui, Hawaii. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Art & Antiques and recently the cover of Green Building + Design magazine. She is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture and numerous other grants and awards.

A "subtle yet determined environmental activist", Robson has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and public spaces. She earned an B.A. in visual arts and art history at Columbia University, and was the Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Scholar/Artist in 2012.

As an advocate for plastic pollution awareness, Robson is the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work with plastic debris.

About Carole Eisner
A painter and a sculptor, Eisner has worked with scrap and recycled metal for 40 years, creating elegant, abstract forms welded in steel. The artist's twisted and curved sculptures reflect the surprising malleability she finds with metal. Eisner's larger-than-life works and small scale sculptures are ideal for public exhibition, and, indeed, have been exhibited in dozens of public parks, corporate plazas, cultural centers, museums and waterfronts all along the northeast corridor in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Florida, as well as in Belgium and France.

Eisner's longevity as an artist - she has had over 20 solo shows and 20 group shows - is a testament to the mass appeal of her work and the natural marriage between her sculptures and the climate of public spaces. Eisner is represented in private, public and corporate collections, including the Guggenheim, and has been written up in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Who's Who in American Art, Vogue and New York Newsday.

She was born and raised in the Bronx, and received a BFA from Syracuse University. Eisner is a life-long New Yorker, who splits her time between New York City and Weston, Connecticut. Eisner is represented in the US by Susan Eley Fine Art and in Europe by Qu Art.

An exhibit of Carole Eisner's Geometric Paintings is currently on display at Susan Eley Fine Art.

About Rodolfo Edwards
Rodolfo Edwards (b. 1981) is a Chilean artist and architect renowned for his architecture and urban landscape paintings. He uses existing space and transforms and recreates it in novel ideas and designs. Edwards’ works include artifacts, modified pictures and paintings, all of which constitute an artistic corpus with its own identity and incisive view.

In early 2001, he studied architecture and urbanism in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Valparaiso, where he laid a strong foundation in architectural design, while being influenced by its beautiful ambience.

He currently lives and works in New York. He has been exhibiting since 2006 in solo and group exhibits worldwide including New York, Chile and China.

About Lisa Mee Doherty
Irish-Korean artist Lisa Mee Doherty looks to the natural work for her sources and inspirations. She is captivated by the rhythms and colors found in nature from the complex layering of a color-saturated sunset or the light-filled reflections from bodies of water.

Doherty collects papers, fabrics and metals. These are integrated into her paintings by careful sorting, cutting and assembling and then mixed with layers of pigment, wax and acrylic to enliven the composition.

According to Doherty, “These artworks illustrate my commitment to express environmental concerns about the fragile ecological state of our planet by demonstrating how to reuse and recycle in a creative way. This is my way of making a difference. At the same time I hope to share a positive message about beauty that can simply be from the experience of appreciating art.”

Her work is found in numerous private collections in the US, France and Spain.

About Adriana Rostovsky
Born in Uruguay, Adriana Rostovsky trained as an architect. Her art is informed and driven by a European history of conservation. This childhood penchant for collecting “unusable items” evolved into an adult passion for treasuring day to day objects and giving them new life in the form of combined media in relief.

As an adult, Rostovsky has traveled around the world, immersing herself in different cultures.

As a visual artist, Rostovsky is drawn to transforming into art discarded materials that bring extensive history with them. She has been engaged on an international basis in many interdisciplinary projects, with focus on sustainability, in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Holland and Portugal.

Her artwork has been in group and solo exhibitions in Uruguay, Holland, Connecticut, and New York.

Rostovsky’s mixed cultural heritage and passion for giving new life to used items marked the path for her work. In her own words: “Every single piece I work on is composed of many forgotten treasures, each shard becoming part of a whole. I now understand why I see flowers in garbage piles on city streets.”

Here's a look at our Earth Day inspired Art Workshops for Kids (courtesy of Patch New Rochelle):

Aurora Robson

Twister, a junk mail collage by Aurora Robson.

Carole Eisner

Scrap Metal, 21 x 45 x 40. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Zig Zag, recycled and found metal sculpture, 18 x 21 x 18. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Hot Dog, Recycled and Scrap metal, 27 x 46 x 18. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Paco, Found and Recycled Metal, 15.5 x 13.5 x 12. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Blooms, Doorknobs, Screws, Nails, Found Metal Scraps. 4.75 x 12 x 5.5. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Armadillo by Carole Eisner, scrap metal sculpture, 9 x 28 x 10. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Scrape Metal Sculpture by Carole Eisner. Represented by Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Oma by Carole Eisner, a scrap metal sculpture. 17 x 12 x 12. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Carole Eisner

Fender, Found and Recycled Metal, 17 x 41 x 10. Courtesy of Susan Eley Fine Art.

Adriana Rostovsky

La Parabola Del Eco, recycled papers and magazines, 44" x 63" x 25"

Adriana Rostovsky

Gracias, Paper and acrylic media on wood support, 41 x 40 x 8

Adriana Rostovsky

Concert of Time, papers and acrylic paint on canvas on wood support, 28 x 15 x 6

Adriana Rostovsky

Against the Grain II, papers and acrylic paint on canvas on wood support, 32 x 33 x 12

Adriana Rostovsky

Understand 27.36, Paper and acrylic media on wood support, 59 x 30 x 15

Adriana Rostovsky

Untitled by Uruguayan artist, Adriana Rostovsky. Papers and Magazines on panel, 22 x 47 x 11.

Adriana Rostovsky

Tell me the Story by Adriana Rostovsky. Mixed and Combined Media (papers & magazines)25.5 x 47.5 x 8.

Adriana Rostovsky

Tzaitum by Adriana Rostovsky. Combined Media. 15 x 28 x 6

Rodolfo Edwards

Suspended Bridges by Chilean artist, Rodolfo Edwards. Mixed Media (magazines, photos) on Canvas, 40" x 50".

Rodolfo Edwards

Station, Mixed Media (magazines, photographs on canvas), 45 x 100

Rodolfo Edwards

Chilean artist, Rodolfo Edward. Speed Frequencies, mixed media collage on canvas, 40 x 55

Lisa Mee Doherty

Terra by Korean-Irish artist, Lisa Mee Doherty. Mixed Media (recycled paper and fabric) on canvas, 24 x 18.

Lisa Mee Doherty

Lavender, Acrylic, Fabric & Paper on canvas, 18 x 24

Lisa Mee Doherty

Sky Blue Bouquet, Acrylic, Fabric & Paper on canvas, 24 x 18

Lisa Mee Doherty

Jubilant Bouquet, Acrylic, Fabric & Paper on canvas, 16 x 20

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