Eli Craven is an American artist living in Champaign, Illinois, where he is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the University of Illinois. His work explores the role of images in processes of socialization. Using photography, sculpture, and collage, he creates works that suggest something tangible behind the surface of a photograph. He gathers imagery from collected magazines, books, and his own personal history, and with a delicate blend of humour and melancholy they are reconfigured to interrogate the ostensible values of the original. Craven’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions and publications. Recently, his work has been featured in Baron magazine, Kuntsbeeld magazine, The Age of Collage (Gestalten, Berlin), and Collage Makers (Monsa Publications, Barcelona).