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Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist, working predominantly in drawing, sculpture and text. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand to New Zealand/German parents and has lived in Glasgow, UK since 2014. She has a Master of Fine Art from The Glasgow School of Art (2015). Her recent project 'BitParts’ (2020–23), was a durational drawing project based on an analogue dataset developed in parallel with research undertaken with Creative Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. In 2022 she was awarded the Glasgow Visual Artist and Craft Maker Bursary. She sits on the board of trustees of LUX (UK).

Through improvised making, Finkenauer responds to experiences of disconnects, power imbalances and the relationship between the said and the unsaid. Her works have taken form as miniature bead screens, colour projections, soft-drawings, handmade datasets, micro-narratives, temporary sculptures and un-nameable objects.

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Awards & Competitions
2022

Creative Scotland Open Fund for Individuals

Glasgow Visual Artist and Craft Maker Bursary

2021

Creative Scotland Digital Pivot

2019

Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, New Zealand

Glasgow Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award

2016

West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call, Commendation

2015

Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, New Zealand

2014

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize (student)


Residencies

2018

Hospitalfield Summer Residency | Arbroath

Commissions

2019

What I see from here | Commissioned by Friends of Garnethiill Green Spaces, Glasgow

2016

Transitional Line | Commissioned by Auckland Council, New Zealand

Education

2015
Master of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

Gilbert Bayes Postgraduate Scholarship

2013

Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Elam School of Fine Art

Joe Raynes Scholarship for Painting, Drawing or Design

2008-11

Diploma in Art and Craft, Hungry Creek Art and Craft School

A long time ago

Bachelor of Business Studies, Auckland University of Technology

Solo Exhibitions
2023

BitParts | online

2019

Knock Knock | Featured Artist at Glasgow Print Studio

2018

Skin Crawl | #24hourwindow, Glasgow

2017

Saturday Safari | Glasgow Project Room

trade | online

2016

Approximately Bacon | The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow

2015

escape (!)  in association with El Refri | Govanhill Baths, Glasgow

Going Spare | Lust and the Apple, Midlothian


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022

Doing Data | Creative Informatics at Inspace, Edinburgh

2021

Heavy Lifting | GOHAF2021

2019

Quality Sleep, Harmony Life! | Edinburgh Art Festival

Something to Remember | Elke Finkenauer & Alexis Neal | The Suter Gallery, Nelson

Members Club | The Booth at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

2018

Something to Remember | Elke Finkenauer & Alexis Neal | Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

2016

The colour of your heart | Studio One, Auckland

2015

Awkmo | A collaboration with Natalie Doyle for Glasgow Open House Art Festival

2014

Aesthetica Art Prize | St Mary's York

2013

Draw a Line Somewhere | Sanderson Contemporary Art Project Window, Auckland

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