Lot 197 - Elsa Rouy - Opening My Eyes
Acrylic Paint on Paper
A6 (15 x 10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on verso
Using a female gaze, Rouy explore's new ways of expressing semi-autobiographical and social narratives. The work follows a discourse central to the human condition.
She has an interest in female sexual expression and the imperfect-self. Her artworks satirise immoral thoughts that are terrifying, centring around feelings of shame and guilt. To explore this, Rouy paints hedonistic, grotesque figures often of monstrous women with their sexual organs revealed. She uses the imagery, that has historically been understood as taboo, to critique and subvert mainstream representations of women.
Rouy uses her practice to underline the parts of ourselves that we find uncomfortable, accentuated by ardent depictions of bodily fluids, such as blood, pus, semen, faeces, milk, urine, sweat, and saliva. The bodily fluids are presented to expose the unsavoury parts of being human that are currently considered taboo, be that mental or physical.
Rouy's artwork explores societal and internal power roles. She appropriate's the human body to discuss relationships between people and the self, saturated with child-like dependency, intrusion, and boundaries. Alongside this, the artworks denote emotional illusion, trust and trepidation between people. The figures often have connections to expulsion and birth that act simultaneously as a harbouring or a needed release of these emotional burdens.
Camberwell College of arts BA painting
2021, A Demon in a Sundress, Guts Gallery, London
2021, I Have My Eye On You, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp
2021, Introducing, The Shop at Sadie Coles HQ, London
Championed by Guts Gallery
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Four small drawings done in acrylic that are a continuation of the twelve featured in my recent solo show 'A Demon in a Sundress.'
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