Elisha Jordan is the daughter or senior New Zealand sculpture artist, Bill Clarke. Mentored by him in growing up in Central Otago she has been influenced by him and the rugged, stunning landscape of the region.
She chooses to work in stainless steel to give durability to her sculpture as the material will last a lifetime outside. Marine grade stainless steel is so durable it will last in any environment.
“The medium of stainless steel is my preferred material for bringing my ideas to life in three dimensional forms that reflect the lifelike look that I want to achieve. I often bring an element of whimsey into my sculptures, reflecting the playfulness abundant in nature.”
Transforming a rigid material such as stainless steel so that it reflects the softness of an animal is a challenge enjoyed by Elisha. It is incongruous that the musculature and form of deer or stag can be realistically formed by beating, welding and riveting sheets of steel into shape. These hard shiny sculptures make a playful addition when they are placed outdoors against grass, mountains and sky.
Wildlife being her passion, Elisha has sculpted many different creatures, such
as stags, owls, quail, horses and mice. She has exhibited across New Zealand, and her work has sold both here and overseas. She has exhibited for a number of years including Sculpture on the Peninsula.