LIFE IN THE CITY
Our species has become the most dominant species on Earth, our modern world functions at a constant high speed, but behind the veil of technology, behind all the communication tools humans have at disposal, mankind suffers of an increasing disconnection, with itself, with others, and with the natural environment.
'There is a gentrification that is happening to cities, and there is a gentrification that is happening to the emotions too, with a similarly homogenising, whitening, deadening effect. Amidst the glossiness of late capitalism, we are fed the notion that all difficult feeling - depression, anxiety, loneliness, rage - are simply a consequence of unsettled chemistry, a problem to be fixed, rather than a response to structural injustice or, on the other hand, to the native texture of embodiment, of doing time, as David Wojnarowicz memorably put it, in a rented body, with all the attendant grief and frustration that entails.'
(Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone)
With LIFE IN THE CITY, Elodie explores this feeling of isolation that everyone might have experienced at least once, living in the city or abroad and moreover these last recent years with the worldwide pandemic and social, political tensions. There is a sense of feeling alienated or somehow not quite fitting in the mold of modern times. Elodie's work invites the viewer to do some self introspection Influenced by the work of the Danish painter Hammershoi, known for his interior scenes and architectural compositions. Her process that is made of deep glazes dialoguing with bold colors and constantly playing with positive and negative spaces. Graphism is reinforced by a strong linear work that cuts the space in daring compositions.