RITE OF PASSAGE

(Current Work)

A rite of passage is important in the development of an identity because it marks a transition into a new phase of life. Ceremony or ritual, the passage occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another. It involves a significant change of status in society.

 

In a lifetime we all go through personal rites of passage that shape us, without always being aware of them as they happen.

The common examples of this notion of rite of passage are birth, adolescence, the passage to adulthood, getting married, giving birth, the ultimate death. But there are as many more rites of passage as there are individuals, as we are all lead different lives in different social, political, health and further personal contexts. 

In psychology, this transformation process is staged into three steps defined as: Separation, the initial step of an individual’s journey away from a point of familiarity and social structure toward something new. As one gets closer to the unknown, one gradually learns and acquires new skills and abilities.Liminality is essentially the breaking point, when a person crosses the edge or margins of society. In other words, when a person passes into the limbo between two stable conditions or stages of life. Reintegration involves implementing what has been learnt or sought in a person’s sense of being. The person ''returns'' from the edge and back into society with a new role or identity. He or she reformulates an understanding of life, development and acceptance of oneself with greater ability.

 Between this “beginning, a middle and an end'' of transformation, it is the space “in between” that is particularly important. It is the moment of initiation: “Liminality is a marginal status of not having the old identity or a new identity available”. It is this space ''in between'', or this notion of liminality that Elodie is attempting to put into perspective to the attention of the viewer.

To explore this idea of self transformation, Elodie's giants are presented as Heroes, facing the viewer: Giant Combs, as they are a symbol of ideas as you comb through your thoughts to see a situation from another perspective. Brushing hair also relates to vanity and self image that may be changing. Other Hybrid heroes use the symbolic of flower language to express notions of self transformation, such as the narcissus flower, or love, such as the tulip. The female, the mother figure also appears as heroic giant, interacting with the comb figure and growing narcissus flowers of self transformation on her back. Other recurrent characters refer to the artist's French, Polish and Russian roots and refer to the notion of ancestry and its impact on an individual growth.