Elisa Ortega Montilla

Elisa Ortega Montilla is an artist based in Santa Barbara. A social worker with over a decade of experience, she recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was chosen as the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence. She has participated in collective and solo exhibitions in Spain, Guatemala, and California. Her work is currently on display in the show Offal at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and in September she will be in the Sur: Biennial at the Torrance Art Museum. Her practice uses installation, wood sculptures, and reclaimed and overlooked textiles, addressing themes of memory, transformation, adaptation, and identity through materials that have been discarded, deconstructed, and reconstructed. Mixing the found and the made, the new and the old; tradition and experimentation; the mass-produced and the handmade; her Spanish values and her American experience.

"Installation image of Visceras and The Knot", 2017
Installation image of Visceras and The Knot

Second hand textiles.


"Reflejo", 2019

Pine, and reclaimed textiles, jewelry and mirror.


"Installation images of Acculturation So Far, Reiteration Number 5, and Remiendos", 2018; 2019; 2019
Installation images of Acculturation So Far, Reiteration Number 5, and Remiendos

Pine and reclaimed textiles and beads; Steel and second-hand bed sheets on foam; Steal, pine, and reclaimed textiles and bowls.

2018; 2019; 2019

"Installation image of Descartes and 10,000 km Away", 2018; 2019
Installation image of Descartes and 10,000 km Away

Pine, steal, and fiber; Reclaimed fabric with: sand, driftwood, metal, and Spanish tuna cans, olive oil and shoes

2018; 2019