Elke Finkenauer is a visual artist of Aotearoa/New Zealand and German descent. She works across drawing, text, digital mediums, sculpture and print, examining incongruities within social and professional structures and the ways people navigate them.

 

Her process of making is iterative, driven by thought experiments, improvisation, and a keen sense of the ludicrous. The results of this practice have been displayed as bead curtains, digital narratives, padded doors, soft-drawings, handmade books, prints and unnameable 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)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022

Creative Horizons | Creative Informatics, Edinburgh (upcoming)

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

Digital Romance | CitizenM, Selected Works, Glasgow

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

Solo Exhibitions

2022

Bit Parts | online (upcoming)

2019

Knock Knock | Featured Artist at Glasgow Print Studio

2018

Priscilla (75) & Friends: a portrait | #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

Residencies

2021

The Forest Arts | Edinburgh (digital residency)

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