Utilizing a combination of gouache, pastels, pencil, and oil, Elrod creates intricate mixed media paintings and works on paper. This recent group of work began several years ago as the artist experienced having a child and depicts specific “moments of being,” which become encoded with autobiographical narratives. The resulting imagery investigates what happens within and around bodies as they function, change, surge. The slowly unfolding and often sensual works include intersecting interiors and exteriors of bodies to humanize and complicate the way we interpret the figure. They visually explore and deconstruct the nuances of common human experiences such as sleeping, thinking, breastfeeding, even dying.
Positing physical identity as a kind of living abstraction, the imagery can be both familiar and unidentifiable. By letting go of anatomical rules, the borders around and within the figures blur. Zooming in on particular bodily functions, the works poeticize the ribs moving with breath, the spine at rest, the beating of a heart.
About the Artist-
Georgia Elrod is a New York City based artist and painter. Her work has been exhibited in New York and abroad, in solo exhibitions at Novella Gallery and John Davis Gallery, as well as in group exhibitions at spaces, including Momenta Art, The Painting Center, and RH+ Gallery in Istanbul. She received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.