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2020 Expressions Artists

Elise Huther

Elise Huther

Elise Huther
Louisburg, KS

I am a queer, disabled, fat artist. My work often explores themes of disability/chronic illness, radical self-acceptance, body positivity, and the experience of being part of the LGBTQIA+ community. I draw inspiration from my own experiences, from strong women and GNC (gender nonconforming) people past and present, from music, and from nature. While I enjoy dabbling in many mediums, my favorites are graphite and watercolor. I typically work in layers, covering my surface with basic proportions and light shadows, then gradually carving out and intensifying details.

I am unable to keep any kind of traditional employment due to my disability, so whatever income I am able to contribute to my family is what I make by selling prints of my artwork and drawing/painting commissions. Participating in Expressions would be important exposure for me; it’s difficult to get one’s name out there, especially as a disabled artist. I am also passionate about the social justice related themes of my work, and contributing to this exhibit would be very meaningful to me as an activist.