January 17th, 2019
Jesse Gussow
The eyes are a gateway; they tell and show us so much. The artwork by Elfie Morse focuses on the eyes of the subjects blowing them up and showing the true emotions of the piece. The details in the eyes that Elfie paints/draws are phenomenal. With the over embellishment and details of added caruncles it brings a innocence to her subjects and the surreal world that has been created.

Where are you from?
I'm from a little town on the Northshore of Louisiana.


How did you get interested in art?
I think I've always been interested in the creating aspect of it, or at least since I became consciously aware of it. I was just fortunate enough to escape outgrowing it. And then I started discovering other people's art and was hooked completely.


What was the first serious piece you ever made?
I'm actually not entirely sure what my first bona-fide, serious piece was. I was probably under the impression that I was always being serious years ago.


How would you describe your style?
Kooky sometimes trying to pass off as serious.


Where do you find your inspiration for your work?
Music is a huge chunk of what inspires me along with a bit of science and pop culture. Other artists inspire me significantly as well, but I'm always worried about copying something of theirs without realizing it.


Do the characters you create have specific names?
Sometimes a character can have its own name, but as a whole I don't know what to call them. They seem to evolve too much at the moment.


What do you see in the eyes?
I try to find life in them, but sometimes it's just emptiness. I hope I can make worlds in them one of these days.

When someone sees your work, what do you want them to feel?
For some pieces, I hope it simply lifts their spirits and others I hope they can relate more deeply.

What is your favourite dinosaur?
Definitely parasaurolophus.


What is your process for a piece from start to finish? How long does it typically take from start to finish?
For my more serious graphite pieces, I like to start with a rough draft so I can get a feel for it and studying references. I make the basic shapes and add each detail slowly but surely. Depending on the size and detail, it could take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours. My little drawing book pieces take probably 3 to 5 hours.


When you sleep, what are your dreams of?
My dreams are mostly long, incredibly random, and fairly interesting, or about things that my mind won't let go of. But sometimes I get some real awful ones.


What does your work say about you?
Probably that I'm pretty childish.


What drew you to create the Yolandi pieces? Seems that Die Antwoord are popular subjects for artists to recreate. Was that the case for you?
I've noticed Die Antwoord's popularity in the art community as well. There's something about the duo that's really fascinating. Their music can go from fun and exciting to powerful and inspiring. And music plays a big role in my work. Honestly though, I do regret that I've only given Yolandi love in my work. I think lots of us are kinda guilty of going for the female muse, especially eccentric ones like her, but I'll be giving Ninja some love soon.


What’s the biggest struggle you find as an artist?
I'm very bad with decision making so lots of ideas tend to go on standby for quite some time, and it really doesn't help keep the ball rolling.


How have your grown as an artist from when you first started to now?
The eyes have definitely grown as well as my obsession with the details and shadows.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
I'm gonna have to go with Oreos cause I've never actually heard of Fudgee-O cookies, but they sound pretty good!

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