In INFINITA, the artist approaches her research subject, ecofeminism, through the prism of intimacy, by taking her own body as the starting point of the work.
She intervenes plastically on a set of photographs of her own body. She proceeds instinctively, using various techniques (painting, collage, drawing...) that she applies to the photographs printed on a delicate Japanese paper, whose texture can evoke that of the skin.
To create new forms to her body, Elsa Leydier voluntarily chooses not to use Photoshop-type retouching software — tools par excellence of the construction of the standardized female body, of the unique body model proposed by our visual culture.
Through her approach, she proposes to emancipate herself from the diktats of beauty imposed on female bodies. It is about finding unique forms to the representations of her body, and then freeing herself from the only model towards which she felt obliged to tend all her life — as a person defined as a woman by our society.
By creating new possibilities, offering new destinations to her body, in INFINITA, Elsa Leydier reappropriates, reclaims its image. She frees herself from the model of the female body imposed by capitalism, created with the aim of constituting a source of profitability and a ground of domination.
Photography prints on Japanese Kozo paper
Mixed media (paint, ink, collages...)