(b. 1986, Chicago)

Elise Putnam uses satirical imagery, installations, and performances to question our understanding of ourselves and our relation to those we consider "other". Her images mock and mimic the narcissistic self-valorization of colonialism and whiteness.

Putnam has an MFA from the University of Chicago; an MA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and a BA from The University of California, Berkeley. She served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa; was artist in residence at San Jose State University; has taught in K-12 schools throughout the Bay Area, Chicago, and South Africa; and was a lecturer in the Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley. 

Putnam lives and works in Chicago, IL and Brooklyn, NY.