Estelle Maisonett is a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist that uses found objects, digital media, and sourced clothing to create life-sized collages that document the journey of consumers. Using sourced clothing she creates figures that are void of the human body to explore how the figures relationship to consumer products, location, and material impact the interpretation of their identity. The interior and exterior spaces she builds highlight the familiarity of her experience living in the Bronx and Dyckman, NY through digital media and found objects which she incorporates. Taking photographs and creating faux finishes of materials such as brick, concrete, wood or fabric, Estelle investigates materiality and how the relationship between object and environment inform perception of a figure or allude to ideas around access, economic status, race, gender, cultural background, and sexual orientation. Her work is informed by her own lived experience and the intersectionality of her own identity.
Estelle received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2013 and has exhibited at the Silent Barn, Chashama, Gloria’s Project Space, SUNY Purchase College and more. She has worked in the Bronx and New York City, as a teaching artist, guest lecturer, and Arts program administrator. She has created arts programming geared towards community building and social practice with organizations such as the Department of Education, the Neuberger Museum of Art, The National Park Service, the Bronx Children’s Museum, and currently the Parsons Scholars Program. In 2018 she was an Artist in the Market Place Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a 2018 BronxArtSpace Summer Artist in Residence.