ELODIE.M RICHARD - French Artist
Elodie is an enigmatic artist to be associated with surrealists female artists. Surrealism aims at expressing imaginative dreams and visions free from conscious rational control. Her art focuses on questioning the notion of identity.
Elodie's intuitive expression turns an artistic vision quite dissociated with reality, to a deeply personal exploration of human emotion, personal trauma, the female subconscious, all through a lense of fantasy. In her work, vulnerability is restored with power and subjectivity. Surrealism allows her to express her subconscious freely.
An entire intuitive world is created through her paintings, with recurrent characters (inspired by her French and Central European roots), symbols, doors that keep opening themselves to different rooms, streets, or imaginary landscapes. The emphasis shifts restlessly between the abstract and the figurative, between narrative association, the dream and hidden symbolism. Although working with imaginary elements of dreams, Elodie gives much importance to an almost architectural composition. Elodie plays with the negative space, scale of the elements, and the limitations of the canvas, creates a visual rhythm, conducted by vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines.
In contrast to tactile or actual texture (felt with our sense of touch, one of the fundamental elements of three dimensional art), Elodie focuses on a texture that is visual, and that emanates from the power of color itself. Elodie focuses on a visual texture where solid colors dialogue with the depth of her glazing work.
Elodie strives to achieve an ultimate visual impact. The result of her long and fastidious work is essential in her color, composition and line dialogue. Her sharp graphism, obtained by recurrent white contours (continuous or broken) is emotionally balanced by her intricate color work.
''There is a place where people from different backgrounds come and gather together: This is the collective subconscious memory. By telling my own personal story, connecting with my deep self, I am trying to put my characters, experiences or places I have been through to a common perspective. What makes us vulnerable, what makes us human. We live in a modern world that alienates itself from vulnerability. I use collective elements of symbolism to reach this understanding. I have been told that each of my paintings was a Journey. If I have somehow managed to take the viewer on an inner journey to be more authentic and real , then my subliminal world is worth being expressed.''