''Finding the Bezoar'', by Elodie M Richard2020
(13 25/32''x 13 25/32'')
or (35cm x35cm)
Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece.
Belongs to the Museum's Permanent Collection.
ELODIE.M RICHARD - French Artist
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. Today Elodie presents her contemporary quest around the theme of identity and its vulnerability. 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.
''My art focuses on questioning the notion of identity through an exploration of the subconscious. 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, I give much importance to a solid and an almost architectural composition. I try to evoke a sense of strength, mass, body, as if those visions were becoming iconic. Make them tangible. I intend to play with the negative space, scale of the elements, and the limitations of the canvas, create a visual rhythm, conducted by vertical, horizontal, and diagonals. My texture is visual and emanates from the power of color itself. Solid colors dialogue with the deep glazing work. I like to play with perspective but the light and shadows are totally independent from logic and can have multiple sources. My line work can be continuous or broken, I see the lines as boundaries or a form of writing, like if I was intuitively writing about those visions.''
Elodie 's influences take their roots into Surrealism, Symbolism, The Nabis and Suprematism..
I have been told that each of my paintings was a Journey. Beyond understanding, I hope that this irrational journey between subconscious and symbolisms opens to a wide spectrum of emotions or questions about our humble role in this complicated world.