Artist’s Statement

I consider my works to be visual narratives that illustrate the magical, ecstatic, transcendent and traumatic experiences of childhood. These images are primarily autobiographical, but are also derived from my ongoing interest in the social history of childhood as portrayed in literature, fairy tales and religious iconography.

The backdrops for these narrative works are inspired by both my early life growing up in the aging city of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the many summers spent on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario.

Elissa Glassgold