Elise Engler

National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program
Author: Elise Engler
Credits: JimWhitakerPhotography.com

Elise Engler's drawings and paintings are about providing the public a view of inaccessible places, from depicting the contents of over 60 women's pocketbooks, to a large series of drawings showing what our taxes purchase. She has been a "fly on the wall," drawing onsite, from in the offices of venture capitalists (where she was commissioned to draw desk contents) to the laboratories of the Darwin Foundation on the Galapagos Islands. The work has morphed from the more personal, when she drew "Everything I Own", a drawing of her 13,127 possessions to her latest Antarctica work. This series of drawings paintings, videos and future books give the viewer insight into life on this remote continent where she spent the winter (Austral summer) of 2009/2010 as a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Antarctica Artist and Writers Program residency. The work includes depictions of a range of scientific research taking place, her daily life as an artist, and the extraordinary landscape.


Elise Engler is a New York City artist, whose work has been shown widely in New York City as well as throughout the United States and in Switzerland. She is a graduate of Hunter College and was a recipient of teaching fellowship leading to an MFA at Bennington College.