In the beginning Cecile Elstein’s artistic production was influenced by the spaciousness of South Africa with its sharp light and deep shades. Cape Town is where she first experienced mountains, forests, sand, sun and sea.
Cecile is an award winning artist who has lived in Manchester UK since 1977.
From 1975 her work with communities has continued in response to the necessity of people.
1961 Cecile immigrated from Apartheid South Africa to live in London.
From 1970 -77 she lived in Southampton.
1977 - 2019 She has lived and worked in Manchester.
Relationships with people and their environments inform studio based and environmental projects. An interest in portraiture with commissions has persisted since 1959.
Site based work is inspired by the space available by invitation/commission.
Clay and wax modelling for bronze. Wood, plaster and stone carving, construction in wood, rope and metal have been used.
Projects have been developed from the necessity to adapt, repair, and celebrate.
Methods are based in investigation, research, design and manufacture. Versatile use of material celebrates awareness through playful, experimental and accidental mark making.
Her ceramics, sculpture, prints, drawings are in private, and public collections in UK and abroad.
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