Elise Abrams-Ogg — The Art of Living Reverently - theHumm June 2023

Elise Abrams-Ogg — The Art of Living Reverently - theHumm June 2023

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

The unifying theme of this young Perth artist’s ambition is her unequivocal determination to treat the world she inhabits with respect and appreciation. Elise Abrams-Ogg creates her artwork “largely as an act of devotion, to both the subject and to the materials, cultivating reverence for both of those things with the time and attention it takes to create.”

At the moment she has put her classically inspired watercolour paintings and graphite drawings on hold, to concentrate on her exceptional cedar shingle art. Working primarily with Eastern white cedar shingles, she “celebrates the endurance, integrity, beauty, strength and functionality of this gift of nature”. Her classically trained artistic ability, combined with her meticulous and innovative woodworking skill, has resulted in several stunning commissions. A quick Google survey of “shingle art” reveals that her mosaics and murals celebrating geometry and nature easily place at the top of the list for artistic merit.

Working from her shared multimedia studio space at Perkolator Creative Collective in Perth, Elise painstakingly shapes the cedar shingles with her scroll saw in accordance with the full-size pattern she creates on paper. It is challenging work — first to visualize the desired effect from multiple perspectives, and then to work out the shapes of the individual pieces in each layer as they overlap for water resistance and durability. An amazing example of her virtuosic command of this demanding artistic medium is her recently completed Cochlea Luna. The large piece is a depiction of a complex, spirally coiled nautilus shell, augmented with representations of the phases of the moon. The name of her piece is Latin for moon snail, another spirally shaped ocean dweller. She casually mentions that she spent a fair amount of time graphing polar equations to enable her to control the width of the spiral to her exact specifications…

Whittling Down the Opportunities

Working with her cherished wood is powerful medicine for her. Elise suffers from being “confronted with insurmountable opportunity” (I love this quote, now contentiously attributed to Walt Kelly’s Pogo). To express her dilemma more positively, she enjoys tremendous potential. She excels at math and biology, languages, history, archaeology, drawing, painting and creating cedar shingle art. In high school at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener she won the Bronze Governor General’s Academic Medal, and went on to garner top grades while earning her B.A. in Classical Studies at the University of Guelph.

As part of a university project she participated in three archeological digs in Turkey, unearthing the secrets hidden in Pompeiopolis, an ancient city founded by the Roman general Pompey the Great in 64/63 BC, in the Black Sea region of Turkey. She also read Homer’s great epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey in ancient Greek. Her classical studies continue to inspire her love for the aesthetics of the ancient Mediterranean and the forms of nature.

After her first year at university, she and her sister, a fellow student, decided to take a break from academia and do some traveling. Both were studying art and architecture and were eager to explore the culture of a different locale. They also wanted to meet local people and get to know a place intimately rather than just hitting the tourist highlights. They signed up at Workaway.info for a stint in Tuscany as agricultural volunteers and soon realized they had embarked on a wild two-month life-changing hippy adventure that introduced them to the concept of permaculture. This approach to land management and community design applies principles of whole systems thinking in areas such as regenerative agriculture and community planning.

Ironically, a book published in 1975 titled The One-straw Revolution — An Introduction to Natural Farming, written by Masanobu Fukuoka, set Elise on a reexamination of her priorities. The book is an amalgam of spiritual, technical, political and philosophical concepts. For Elise, after spending four summers during high school working as an egg collector in “the chicken barn from hell” with 50,000 birds confined in battery cages, the adoption of patterns observed in flourishing natural ecosystems was, and remains, a goal worth changing her life’s ambitions for. She returned home convinced she wanted to be part of something better and more meaningful to her personally than striving for academic achievement and being subjected to peer evaluations. By the time she graduated she had reached her decision to start farming rather than go on to get advanced degrees.

Her journey is still evolving. After three years of growing food organically during two internships, Elise decided to study Heritage Carpentry and Joinery at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. (Characteristically, she became Director of the College’s Students Association.) As she puts it, “My agricultural journey changed my life… it changed my idea of what a successful life could be.”

Today she is pursuing a career in carpentry while developing plans for a future initiative in community agriculture. She views carpentry as “a way to provide essential services to community while incorporating a love of art and design that is inspired both by nature and the classical tradition.” Her goal is to be able to build beautiful, modest, well-built structures out of natural, sustainable and/or previously used materials, guided by respect for the people who will use them. As an aside, she quips that a certain amount of naïvety and idealism is an act of rebellion.

In the meantime, Elise is working as a member of the finishing crew for two builders of log homes and energy-efficient homes. She also enjoyed working as a co-instructor for Amy Webster’s recent Women’s Power Tool Course at Wildwood Perth Millwork Shop, encouraging novices to acquire foundational skills to explore new possibilities. Her own options and ambitions remain as varied and numerous as ever, but today she enjoys being in control of her own agenda.

A Shingular Opportunity at Art in the Garden

The annual Art In the Garden event coming up at Kiwi Gardens near Perth on Father’s Day Weekend (June 16–18) provides an outstanding opportunity to feast your eyes on Elise Abrams-Ogg’s exceptionally conceived and executed cedar shingle art kiwigardens.ca/art-in-the-garden . Be sure to order your tickets for a timeslot in advance, available at Tickets Please (TicketsPlease.ca, 485–6434).

I highly recommend that you clip and save Elise Abrams-Ogg’s Artist Trading Card at the top of this page for future reference. Like many of the multi-talented Renaissance people who informed her classical education, this gifted young woman’s exploration of her tremendous potential bears watching.

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Elise Abrams-Ogg — The Art of Living Reverently - theHumm June 2023

By Sally Hansen

Art… and Soul

The unifying theme of this young Perth artist’s ambition is her unequivocal determination to treat the world she inhabits with respect and appreciation. Elise Abrams-Ogg creates her artwork “largely as an act of devotion, to both the subject and to the materials, cultivating reverence for both of those things with the time and attention it takes to create.”

At the moment she has put her classically inspired watercolour paintings and graphite drawings on hold, to co......


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- theHumm June 2023

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- theHumm June 2023

By Submitted Pride in Mississippi Mills

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- theHumm June 2023

By Submitted The Station Theatre

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- theHumm June 2023

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- theHumm June 2023

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- theHumm June 2023

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Run for Women’s Health
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- theHumm June 2023

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By — Jack Lockhart is a student at Almonte and District High School

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Bloom Where You’re Planted - theHumm June 2023

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- theHumm June 2023

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- theHumm June 2023

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Blues in the Afternoon
Ottawa Chamberfest Presents
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- theHumm June 2023

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