Categories: Teaching Artist, Visual Arts, Community Arts
Estelle Maisonett is a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist born and raised in the Bronx, NY.
She uses found objects, photography, and clothing to document her lived experience while exploring perception of identity in fashion, pattern, consumption, architecture, and material. Estelle has exhibited with Chashama, Silent Barn, Field Projects, Bronx Art Space, El Barrio ArtSpace at PS109, Latchkey Gallery, Longwood art Gallery, The Andrew Freedman Home and SUNY Purchase College amongst others. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2013, was a 2018 Artist in the MarketPlace Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a 2018 BronxArtSpace Summer Artist in Residence.
Estelle Maisonett has worked in the Bronx and Manhattan, as a teaching artist, guest lecturer, and Arts program administrator. She has created arts programming geared towards community building and social practice with organizations such as the Department of Education, the Neuberger Museum of Art, The National Park Service, the Parsons Scholars Program at The New School and Bronx Children’s Museum. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2013, was a 2018 Artist in the MarketPlace Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a 2018 BronxArtSpace Summer Artist in Residence.
Estelle Maisonett is a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist that uses found objects, photography,
and sourced clothing to create life size collages that document her experience living in NYC.
Using sourced clothing she creates figures that are void of the human body to explore how the
figures relationship to consumer products, location, and material inform identity. The interior and
exterior spaces she builds in her collages incorporate the familiarity of her experience living in
the Bronx and upper Manhattan through photographs and archived found objects. Photographs
and faux finishes of materials such as brick, concrete, wood or patterned fabric, allows Estelle to
investigate meaning and value within materiality. Juxtaposing objects from reality with gestural
drawings or paintings, she explores how the relationship between object and environment
inform perception of a figure or allude to prescribed identity. A social and interactive process,
her interdisciplinary assemblages are a form of self and communal reflection that question how
individuals create preconceived notions of value, economic status, race, culture, sexual
orientation, and gender based on personal experiences. The work takes an explorative
approach to the intersection of identity inspired by her own lived experience and investigates
how bias, stereotypes, or personal experiences inform perception.
Mixed Media interdisciplinary artist, teaching artist, and program administrator. Has created public artwork and interactive installations as well as arts based curriculums centered around themes of community, social justice and the arts for low-income POC students.