Elodie.M Richard is a versatile painter who works in acrylics, China ink and watercolor.
Her acrylics are semi abstract, with characteristic white outlines. The acrylics, intricate in their use of line and color, seem at first to be influenced by cubism, especially her very first series of red monochromatics. Inspired by Kazimir Malevich and Chagall, she focuses on questioning the role of empty spaces, as a material for reflection, the critical importance of composition and turns to ethnographic sources, which in her case are based on life experiences, family memories, her roots, symbolisms and ancient artifacts. Getting to know Elodie's biography and her inspirations, reveals her fusion between art, analysis and solid technique to create her own original pictorial language and body of work.
Elodie was born in 1975 in La Tronche ( French Alps). Due to her father's career in the army, her family regularly changed location. Her strongest memory of these years are their 6 years experience in Germany, and at the age of 14 being in Berlin at the historic time of the Fall of the Wall, in 1989. At some stage, her family moved in Paris, were she studied art history, archaeology at Ecole du Louvre. In parallel, she kept training her artistic hand by studying and copying famous artworks in all National Parisian museums. Later on her need to immerse herself to different cultures took her for a several years to New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, and Poland, where she rediscovered her hidden family roots. She finally moved to the U.S end 2015. These traveling experiences and challenges of living in different countries led her to the development of her signature artistic theme: What is an identity made of.
In her work, the notions of dimensions, scale and space are being questioned, as well as the role of colours and how they interact with each other. Solid colour areas meet her intricate glazing work. In these large empty spaces or dimensions, the light travels through the glaze and is reflected back off the succession of layers below. It leads to open questions and wondering. We all know how life events can affect an artist's vision. While the linear represent our human limitations and boundaries, empty spaces open to unknown possibilities. Elodie works with a family of archetypes inspired from life, mythology and symbols that fusion with her own memories.
The connection between artistic elements, technique, analysis, and the notion of roots creates an original vision.