"My paintings examine themes of connective and confrontational behaviour in individual or group relationships.
I explore different narratives using forms, gestures, and colour to create a psychological drama that is both based on personal experience and fiction. Typically, my works use disfigured, yet discernible forms and spaces, bright colours, and gestures that range from delicate to rough. Animal silhouettes, particularly apes, are used to ridicule human foibles.
The process involves drawing from actual, personal memories mixed with fictional elements. Denouncing violence as a social and individual problem, the painting deliberately refuse closure in an attempt to provide the viewers with a place to contemplate freely and creatively."
Elle Chae's most recent work questions the notion of home. Chae explores how the occupants' interactions can blur the notion of home as a shelter. Influenced by Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others and Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, this body of work considers painting's expressive nature as a tool to invent and re-invent apprehension-filled narratives within the domestic environment.
Interested in the notions of the sublime and affect, Chae explores the genetics of materials expressing and embodying different degrees of physicality and intensity, the scalable impact of colours and tons on viewers' sensory systems, and the wide range of techniques accentuating the material presence of oil paint. The result is a psychological space that highlights paintings as a space of contemplation where meaning is formed based on interpretation, synthesized experience, context and inventiveness on the part of the viewer and the artist.
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Prices range from $800-55250CAN.