Elisa Adams’ works is about the paths in life. The twists and turns life offers us, represented in the openings and curves in the sculptures, take the viewer on a journey. To sense ease and flow is essential in her art, with the hope, to rest the mind from external stressors. A chance for some breathing room to recalibrate and feel peace, quiet and connection again.
“Taking on working with stone is full of challenges. Stones have a reality of their own. Their colorations, opacities and shapes influence me as to what I will create. I enjoy the contemplation of what is in the stone, to actually hammering and chiseling it out, and roughly filing. Watching the process unfold and seeing the piece emerge is the most exciting. Finishing the piece by hand sanding is a balance between tedium and appreciation of the richness of the stone, which is exposed as it becomes smoother.”
"The creative process is an exciting mystery to me. Beyond the time that I have my hands on the stone, the whole process from the inspiration of the piece to completion of what I want to accomplish can take weeks, months or even a couple years, before I know I am done. It is a meditation. Through art, my extroverted and introverted energies achieve a more satisfying balance. My hope is that in experiencing my pieces, that balance will be passed on to the viewer."
Elisa Adams has many identities ranging from first generation Albanian American, to practicing Doctor of Chiropractic, to artist. Adams began working with stone just over a decade ago, finessing her talent at the Decordova Museum School. She then spent six years sharing a studio with six other women artists, and presently works at her own studio in Concord, MA. Adams’ work is inspired by her fascination with the ocean and nature’s shapes. She loves Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers, and incorporates that astute awareness of nature’s sensuality into her sculpture. Much of her figurative work is inspired by her time spent studying on the Italian Rivera, through which she learned the admiration and appreciation of the female form honored in their art. She spent four years studying the shapes of the body, translating them with respect and care into stone. Adams is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and her work has been featured in galleries throughout Massachusetts.