Elissa Farrow Savos

 

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When creating a piece, I take what is most personal and assume it is universal. I use my own experiences and emotional responses, and turn them into a narrative work that suggests to the viewer a peek into their own life. The stories I tell are about inner worlds revealed - the things that we are not supposed to talk about and perhaps not supposed to feel, about our bodies, our families, and our lifes choices.

The actual pieces are a process all my own. As I sculpt, I push the polymer clay past its intended size and boundaries, then incorporate found objects, and finally paint the baked clay with layers of oils. All parts share importance, but the actual objects rusty metal and weathered wood, decaying bones and empty boxes, scraps of fabric and bits of paper - this abandoned debris connects the sculptural world I have created to the actual world of the viewer. They are a bridge from my imagination to theirs, and although the story I mean to tell may differ from what the viewer ultimately takes away, what is most important is that we have shared the tale.”   Elissa Farrow Savos

 

ELISSA FARROW SAVOS  has been an artist since, well, forever. Growing up in New York City in a family of artists, it was simply what you did, and no one questioned its validity or its practicality. She went to special schools throughout her youth to develop her abilities, and the rest was not too unusual off to Connecticut College, (majoring in Painting and Computer Graphics, minoring in Womens Studies, Religion, and Education), a lengthy break to marry, have three children, and then back to creating art. Since then, Elissa has been sculpting with a unique and somewhat uncommon material polymer clay. Pushing the clay past its intended boundaries and finishing it with oil paint and found objects, Elissa has forced the medium to do her bidding create a world of women and their stories. She has exhibited her sculptures all over the country, and most recently in solo and group exhibitions in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

 


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Selected Exhibitions

  • 26th Annual Washington Craft Show, Washington DC
  • (e)merge art fair, Washington DC
  • BethesdaFineArtsFestival,BethesdaMD
  • Images of Women, Washington Sculptors Group, Tysons Corner VA
  • Polymer Clay Gallery Style, Flow Art Space, St. Paul MN
  • Sculpture Now 2013, Honfleur Gallery, Washington DC, and The Anacostia Arts Center, Washington DC

2012

  • Holiday Show on the Square, ArtSquare, Leesburg VA
  • BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown MD, Solo Exhibition
  • Conversations With My Mother, The Torpedo Factory Art Center: The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA, Solo Exhibition
  • Fairfax Fine Arts Festival, Fairfax VA
  • NorthernVirginiaFineArtsFestival,RestonVA

2011

  • Holiday Show on the Square, ArtSquare, Leesburg VA
  • 24th Annual Washington Craft Show, Washington DC
  • Northern Virginia Fine Art Festival, Reston VA, Excellence in Contemporary Art Award
  • Out of Her Mind, ArtSquare, Leesburg VA, Solo Exhibition
  • Hope for Haiti, Belnavis Art, Springfield VA
  • The Medium is the Message, Gallery 555, Washington DC
  • Winter Show, ArtSquare, Leesburg VA

2010

  • 23rd Annual Washington Craft Show, Washington DC
  • MPAartfest, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA
  • Earths Bounty, Belnavis Art, Springfield VA
  • Curves, The Torpedo Factory Art Center: The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA, Honorable Mention
  • Beautiful: Virginia Women Artists and the Body, Reston VA, Solo Exhibition
  • SeeingRed,ArtSquare,LeesburgVA
  • Exposed, Meyer Fine Art Gallery, Norfolk VA, Honorable Mention
  • Art of the Soul: A Womans View of Sexism and Oppression, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC
  • Recent Work, Arts Club of Washington, Washington DC, Solo Exhibition

2009

  • Winter Show, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • Family Album, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL
  • Thinking Pink, Gallery 222 at Franklin Park, Leesburg VA
  • Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda MD
  • Taking Form, The Torpedo Factory Art Center: The Art League Gallery, Alexandria VA, Honorable Mention
  • Finding Beauty in a Broken World: In The Spirit of Frida Kahlo, The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center, Washington DC
  • Summer Show, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • 63rd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Pen and Brush, New York NY
  • NorthernVirginiaFineArtsFestival,RestonVA
  • Resurrect: The Art of the Reclaimed Object, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa AZ
  • Going Green, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • Faces of Woman, Las Vegas Arts Council, Las Vegas NM, Honorable Mention
  • Art into Life/Life into Art, Pen and Brush, New York NY
  • Reclaimed, Torpedo Factory Art Center: Target Gallery, Alexandria VA
  • NCECA 2009 Clay National Biennial Exhibition, Tempe AZ
  • 12th Annual National Juried Show, Gallery West, Alexandria VA

2008

  • Winter Show, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Bethesda MD, Best in Category (Sculpture)
  • Earth and Sky Benefit Exhibit at Franklin Park Performing Arts Center, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • Juried Multi-Media Exhibition, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA
  • She Speaks, Lee Arts Center, Arlington VA, Solo Exhibition
  • Arts Council @ GRACE 2008, Reston VA
  • Summer Show, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • NorthernVirginiaFineArtsFestival,RestonVA
  • StudentExhibit,ArlingtonArtsCenter,ArlingtonVA
  • She Was, Is, Will Be, The Schlesinger Center at NVCC, Solo Exhibition
  • PeaceNow!,TheGalleryatWarehouse,WashingtonDC
  • 10th Annual All-Media Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC, 2nd place
  • 11th Annual National Juried Show, Gallery West, Alexandria VA, 2nd place
  • Night With the Legends, McLean Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala, McLean VA

2007

  • Art on the Small Side, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC, Best in Show
  • Artfest, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean VA
  • Cooper Carry Art Show, Alexandria VA
  • 9x10 Member Show, Washington Project for the Arts\Corcoran, Washington DC
  • Paint and Beyond, League of Reston Artists, Reston VA, Honorable Mention
  • Something Hot, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • Sense of Place, Torpedo Factory Art Center: Target Gallery, Alexandria VA
  • The Human Form, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg VA
  •  10th Annual National Juried Show, Gallery West, Alexandria VA

2006

  • Winter Show, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • All Arlington Salon, The Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington VA
  • Collectors Shop, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston VA
  • Something Hot, Gallery 222, Leesburg VA
  • Languages of Silence, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston VA

 

Galleries

  • Alida Anderson Art Projects, Washington DC
  • Gallery C, Raleigh NC
  • ArtSquare, Leesburg VA

 

Teaching Experience

  • ArtSquare, Leesburg VA, Instructor, Figurative Sculpture Class Private Lessons

 

Education

  • Internship in Ceramics, Lee Arts Center, Arlington VA, 2007-2008
  • Workshop at Lee Arts Center, Arlington VA, 2007
  • Classes at Gallery 222, Leesburg VA, 2007
  • Classes at Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA, 2006-2007
  • Connecticut College, New London CT, BA in Painting and Computer Graphic Design, minor in Womens Studies and Religion, 1991