Hands-on and instinctive, Elissa Lacoste's work stems from her quest for the wild, the inexplicable, and the sensorial within contemporary boundaries. Serendipitous material encounters result in developing her own techniques and methods of shaping matter and creating objects.
Elissa Lacoste (b. 1994, France) is an experimental designer who lives and works in Burgundy, France. She studied at Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Etienne and Latvian Art Academy in Riga. She obtained her MA at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018 in the Netherlands.
Hands-on and instinctive, her work stems from her quest for the wild, the inexplicable and the sensorial within contemporary boundaries. Unconventionally textured and vibrant, her sculptural pieces linger between the real and the surreal while maintaining a hint of functionality. In her work, she evokes an otherness to reflect upon our relationship to our physical environment, be it anthropogenic or natural.
Her organic forms often provoke a cognitive dissonance like her monolithic stone-like silicone pieces. Fascinated by material abilities and not bound to a specific material, she looks into various techniques but prefers to experiment intuitively without resorting to traditional craft knowledge as a first step. In this way, she favors serendipity and encounters surprising results that she develops into her own techniques and methods of shaping matter and creating objects.