Elene Usdin makes her New York debut exhibiting her current series Femmes D’Interieur, this month at the Farmani Gallery. Usdin, a Paris based artist, combines both her talents of photography and illustration in these imaginative artworks. Usdin’s stunning imagery also provides social commentary regarding the place of women as the decorations within their own domesticated situations. Usdin will be in attendance for the opening reception.
Usdin, a member of the creative collective Hartland Villa, which includes art directors Lionel Avignon and Stefan Vivies, was recently awarded with the London Photographic Associations Gold in Fashion for the “fair-etale” series. She has also been awarded the 2008 Px3 Prix De La Photographie Paris and the International Photography Awards honorable mention for her earlier series “Self Portrait with Mattress.” Her editorial and fashion work can also be seen in Eyemazing, Twill, and The World Magazine.
This latest series “Femmes D’Interieur,” which has already exhibited at the Gallery of Graphic Arts in Paris, Usdin reflects upon the representation of women as a decorative element, morphing objects like common household items, furniture, and even the countryside with that of women painted in the style of portraits from the Classical Era. This offbeat reinterpretation of “woman-as-object” is at one time unsettling and yet Usdin has the ability to convey this strong subject matter with wit and charm in her stunning artworks. It is has been said of Usdin’s work, “it is always about women – the women of fairytales, of mythology, and of fantasy,” and she provides that same ideology in this series.
Each artwork is a unique original, hand painted C-print mounted on aluminum. For the exhibition the gallery will show a mix of originals and reproductions available in two sizes.