The ephemeral society and the feminine figures are the most recurrent topics in the research work of Elena Monzo. They are described in each side of their obsession: the out-fit to comply with the mass culture standards and the maniacal attention to details.
This new series of works is discovering the maturity and evolution of the artist in the research work about the female figure in nowadays society. The artist undergoes a profound analysis of commonly accepted patterns of this society, challenging them with the same tools: glitters, make-up, shocking colors, textiles and fashion images. The result is a collage work creating new and unconventional individuals I would say, both sex-symbols (singers, actress, models from gossip magazines and fashion world) and odd individuals (drag queens, transgender, circus contortionists) of our society.
The clash between what is accepted and not-accepted explodes with its huge power on the works on paper. The development of the collage technique is remarkable: the artist takes confidence with new materials and tools that merge perfectly with her unique drawing ability. The line on the white surface emerges sharp and clean, no hesitation is showed. Seems like she translates clearly the female idea in her mind onto the surface.
Featured image: Elena Monzo – Chicken doll, 2017. 35 x 25 cm. Etching, golden leaf, ink and watercolor on paper. Photo courtesy 5 Pieces Gallery