Elysia Byrd Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Elysia Byrd
Live in: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Artworks for sale: 49.00
Elysia Byrd Artist Bio:
My practice is an investigation into transient places, notions of mobility and travel. I am interested in the Western perception of a generalised exoticness. The contemporary tourist who takes domestic standards with them when they travel internationally could be seen as the main protagonist within my work. The holidaymaker who wishes to bring back that element of the exotic and incorporate it into their daily life, where the exotic then becomes defunct. Signs and motifs within my work come from souvenirs or trophies collected and displayed in hotels and homes: Sourced in images from coffee table books or boutique hotel websites. The work builds layers through different modes of painting. Gestural brushstrokes are placed alongside more concise illustrations creating a tension within the work, where something about the scene depicted seems dysfunctional. The layers of paint build like the layers of history, multiple retellings and different experiences of a place build to form the view that we have of a place today. The painting, like the place is built through adding and erasing to give the current impression of it, leaving traces of what was once there. Fiction and reality being inextricably bound together is a notion I attempt to play on. Implanting fictitious elements into the constructed scene attempts not only to draw together the real and the fake, but also to draw disparate cultures together within the canvas. Placing distinct cultures alongside one another is an attempt also to comment upon border fluidity in our contemporary world.