Elle Chae is a Korean-born Ottawa-based artist who lived in South Korea and Fiji before moving to Ottawa. She obtained her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2011 and her MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2016. Chae has gained attention as an emerging artist and her work as been exhibited in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Montréal.
Chae's most recent work questions the notion of home, exploring how 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 different degrees of physicality and intensity, the scalable impact of colours and tones 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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