Elodie M Richard
THE MISSING ROOM
''The Missing Room '' relates to the universal notion of ''Rite of Passage''. 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. But in a lifetime we all go through personal rites of passage that shape us, without always being aware of it as it happens. Rites of passage are often painful, physically or mentally, because they somehow destroy you to make you learn and grow.
The characters present in this series are inspired by the painter's cultural roots from France and Central Europe, they interact, evolve in unknown or familiar landscapes to the painter, and transform into giant ivory combs. This series is more focused on the identity of the individual, the culture, or self experience and how the individual is challenged and grow throughout life. The notion of transformation as well as culture as part of an identity are at sake here. Combs, made of ivory, bone or wood are very ancient object, inherent to every culture and civilization around the world, they can be used for the everyday life as accessories of course, but can also reflect the social status of a person. In ancient cultures they could be used as a part of religious rituals. So to me, combs are as much related to the self as they are connected to mankind collective memory.