Elbie Visser (Erasmus) is a Stellenbosch based fine artist. She was born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia and moved to South Africa in 2009 to pursue a degree in BA Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria. She graduated in 2012 with a distinction in her practical work and was awarded a bursary prize as one of the top students in her class.
In February 2014, Elbie attended a three month arts residency in Northern Italy alongside a number of international artists. Elbie worked for renowned South African sculptor Angus Taylor at Dionysus Sculpture Works for three years after completing her degree where she learned extensively about bronze sculpture. She started exploring jewellery making and founded Foundri Jewellery in 2015, a sculptural jewellery and fine Metal studio. She also co-founded Found Collective, a Pretoria based arts collective aimed at promoting emerging Pretorian fine artists in the same year.
Currently, Elbie lives in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape and is pursuing a career in Fine Arts full time, specifically painting, with the jewellery taking a back seat for the time being.
Elbie's work often investigates ideas around place, space and human geography. This curiosity about theories on Place Identity was presumably sparked by her experience of moving from Namibia to Pretoria for her studies in 2009. During her honours year, she extensively explored themes of home, rootedness and memories of place. Even though she’s been working and living in South Africa for over a decade, her Namibian roots and the arid landscapes that she grew up with continue to inspire, fascinate and visually inform a lot of her work.