Elodie M. Richard was born in France but with a complex heritage including Polish and Russian. Due to her father’s career in the Army her family had to regularly move and adapt to new locations in France and abroad. Her life path as a child and adult is made of travels and regular changes of geographical locations, constantly balancing between feeling of loss, challenges and new life starts. Among her many memories, Elodie keeps a strong feeling of Germany and her experience of the historic Fall of Berlin Wall in 1989 (she was 14 ) , and more recently in 2019, the meaningful and incredible story of her journey in Poland where she would meet for the first time her Polish family that was lost since WW2.
Elodie comes from a very artistic family and since an early age shows a profound need of creating art. She keeps vivid memories of her artist grand mother, and as self taught would learn painting techniques by copying ancient Masters. At 19 years old she studies Fine Art, Art History and Archaeology at the Louvre School in Paris, while working on archaeology diggings at the European Research Centre in Mont Beuvray (Burgundy, France). She spends 5 years at the Louvre School thanks to which she acquires knowledge in Fine Art practice, art theories, art collections, creation techniques, iconography, the birth of religions and spirituality and how those are expressed through art, history and archaeology. In parallel of her classes, she continues to spend hours training her eye and her hand by studying and copying ancient masters and sculptures of the Parisian Museums. Elodie gradually emancipated herself from those influences to grow her own artistic expression.
Today Elodie presents her contemporary quest around the theme of identity :The individual identity, the collective one, individual versus group, identity and space, connections and disconnections.. Beyond her own emotional personal journey (physical and inner travels), each of her paintings questions many layers around this theme that we all have-time, place, family, culture that make up our individual identities.
Her work belongs to private collections in France, Poland, New Zealand, Scotland, Australia and the U.S.