Born in Glasgow in 1945, Elsa Stansfield’s life was rich with travel and experience. She studied in London in the mid-late 60’s followed by an intensive trip through India.
Working on film production and sound within her own film studio from 1970–1975, she also began to work together with Madelon Hooykaas in London and Amsterdam in 1972. Stansfield moved to Amsterdam and became the head of the department of Time Based Media at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht from 1980–1991. Since that period the collaborative works of Stansfield/Hooykaas have continued to appear in museum and gallery exhibitions, international festivals and public spaces. They received the Judith Leyster Oeuvreprize for their body of work in 1996 and their CDROM ‘Person to Person’ was awarded the Grand Prix for New Media at the Split Film Festival in 1999.
Died in Amsterdam in 2004.