Elissa Rae Ecker (b. 1984, Minnesota, USA) is an interdisciplinary maker, curator and lecturer currently working in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds a BFA in painting from the Peck School of the Arts at The University of Milwaukee and an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Elissa’s project-based practice questions traditional gender roles while playing with the absurdities of current visible traditions she experiences in Asia and from her rural upbringing in the USA. Often wry in execution, her work spans object making, time-based media and net-art experiments. As a founding member of LIV_ID art collective (Bangkok based) she also facilitates art experiences beyond typical art world boundaries including a local market pavilion in the 2018 Bangkok Biennial.
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Each day women perform between 3-4 hours of unpaid or invisible labor. Taking inspiration from her maternal grandmother, who among a vast skill-set could also make sausages, Ecker presents a year of time in the creation of soft sausages. Each object varies slightly in shape, size, and uniformity, with the only commonality their utter functionless and decorative nature, each acting as an hour. Plastic pearls push the hand-sewn pantyhose to their limits. 1200 sausages were installed at Art Lit Lab, Madison WI from July 13, 2019 -August 15 2019.