Elodie M Richard
What am I up to?
A glimpse of my 2020 - 2021 (on going) Project...
THE ROOM OF WONDERS
In parallel of my larger artworks, I am exploring the boundaries and possibilities of working on small formats to see how these studies evolve and connect to my larger pieces. The interest for me being how composition, balance and imbalance will be at play in a 8''x8'' restricting square or in a 11''x14'' space. The subject matters deal with dramatic aspects of what defines humanity, often the titles will bring a touch of irony and contradiction with the subjects. I started this approach of my work during the pandemic in 2020, which implies confinement, restrictions (implying finances restrictions, and art material limitations and isolation), the colors and palette are limited and can often be very saturated, the lines are often broken, the characters are less geometric and become more fluid and expressionistic. The vision I created in the larger pieces (see my page ''Current Work'') is getting distorted radically for emotional effect in order to evoke raw moods or ideas. Often with a sense of humor. As tiny as they may be, the small formats do generate a powerful energy.
I want to present this series as a Cabinet of Curiosities, or ''Room of Wonders'', as small collection of extraordinary moments in time, which attempt to categorize and tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the human inner world versus natural world. The scenes are created and installed to work like plays or stories, representing particular themes or ideas - that, for example, our life on earth is too short... Unexpected objects will complete the installation.