Elise Cheval...Namaka, wearing "Sonic Spill", crocheted and knitted audiocassette tape, 2014
Elise Cheval - scientist, teacher, writer, contemporary textile artist, musician and painter - draws on her rich background when she combines her needle art skills with her personal, eco-sociopolitical and community interests in her art-making. From the art gallery to the project GREEN runway to the stage, Cheval's work must have a strong visual impact that says something about who she is, what her concerns are for Mother Earth and what she is up to with her community. As a musician and singer, she wears her art on her sleeve during her stage performances, and invites the listener to make up their own stories and engage in a conversation about the current state of affairs. Her current focus is on sharing her mini opera "Voice for Mother Earth" with audiences in her community and working with children in schools in order to help them understand how they can use materials to transform their environments and make a difference for the planet.