Friday, April 12, 2013

Elissa Farrow-Savos (151)

-her old self was badly damaged, but she had outgrown it anyway-

-she felt so wrapped up in other people's expectations-

-the girl inside her would always find a way out-

Elissa writes: 

When creating a piece, my intent is to suggest a story. The combination of the sculptural work, the integrated found object, and the actual title itself, allow for a jumping-off point that leads the viewer into a narrative that is open-ended and subject to interpretation. The stories are about women’s inner worlds revealed – how women really feel about their most hidden selves, the things they are not supposed to talk about and perhaps not supposed to feel, about their bodies, their families, their experiences, and their life’s choices. The actual pieces are a process all my own - first pushing the polymer clay past its intended size and boundaries, then incorporating found objects, and finally painting with layers of oils. All parts share importance, but the actual objects – rusty metal and weathered wood, decaying bones and empty boxes, scraps of fabric and bits of paper - this abandoned debris connects the sculptural world I have created to the actual world of the viewer. They are a bridge from my imagination to theirs, and although the story I meant to tell may differ from what the viewer ultimately takes away, what is most important is that we have shared the tale.