ELSA ROUY: I Could Always Crack A Joke
An introspective exploration and navigation of the idea of the self, using the body and its corporal properties to express ideas centred around separation, sexuality and dependency.
‘I Could Always Crack a Joke’ showcases a new body of work by Elsa Rouy that ridicules, empathises with, and embraces the bizarre navigation of the human condition. The exhibition explores an introspective exploration and navigation of the self, using the body and its corporal properties to express ideas centred around separation, sexuality and dependency.
Featuring a painting series, a sculptural installation and a printed publication, the artworks disengage the links and language between the corporal body and the preternatural mind. Where the artist herself, in various forms is on display, toying with alternate versions of her own psyche.
Two ceiling to floor installations, featuring sculptures of plaited and freefalling hair hanging lifelessly from latex gashes separate the space between the painted bodies and the physical. Recurring imagery of hair acting as an oppressor and binder of pig-fat sheened figures and their counterparts. The uncomfortable interaction between the hair, gashes and fluids upon the skin denotes an unpleasant restriction that overpowers a bodily release. The adversary to the hair is pouring and thickly painted fluids that engage the smooth imagery with small bursts of liberation upon the otherwise contorted and displaced bodies. The bodies in question appear disjointed, having their identities obscured or projected within a non-space through abstracted crops. Each face has a resemblance reminiscent of the artist. Each figure has a fluid but familiar form of identity. The ends of the hair drip fluids forming into two puddles beneath, simultaneously imitating blood and milk.
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