The Choice Is Yours Painting by Elisa Rossi

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The Choice Is Yours

Elisa Rossi

United States


Size: 20 W x 16 H x 1 D in

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About The Artwork

the Choice Is Yours is a tribute to liber arbitrium that we all have; in this painting a strong female warrior/poledancer is represented in the act of kicking away an abstract Shadow. I envisioned this concept several months before realizing the artwork. The final drop of inspiration came from a music video, 'Cellophane', by FKA Twigs. the body shape and the muscular lines are inspired by FKA Twigs body. Free will and choice as powerful weapons that I want to offer especially to women, since we historically and nowadays seem to have more limited choices. There is no a victim perspective here, reclaiming power and strength is a choice and is available no matter of the circumstances. I personally experienced a deep transformation thanks to the practice of pole-dancing. This type of practice requires a constant fluctuation between pulling and pushing, conserving and releasing, grounding and taking off the ground, sharp focus and surrender, calculation and improvisation, introspection and exhibitionism. Visually it renders greatly an inner search for balance and synthesis of opposite, apparently contrasting forces that result into a spiral step up towards growth. The abstractly represented Shadow has soft colors and blurred definition, beside the minimum use of black, to express the co-existence of good and evil in everything. It is not a demonized Shadow but a concoction of fragments that one must re-integrate.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:20 W x 16 H x 1 D in

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As an artist I like to experiment with different mediums and to explore both abstraction and representation of figures. My abstract drawings and paintings emerge spontaneously mostly, creating bridges between physical and metaphysical worlds, between what I see in physical reality and what I am feeling in the subtle bodies. I develop in parallel a bodywork of expressive portraits with which I capture emotional states and glimpses into the subjects’ worlds and humanity. I choose to paint a variety of subjects, anything that moves me, inspires me and that I deeply connect to: musicians, dancers, friends, natural elements, animals, places that I visited, circus and carnival costumes, archetypes, vintage pictures, advertising campaign references, among others. The realization of portraits often entails an al chemical and trans-formative process, as I manipulate through painting to tell visually the story behind the different subjects by delivering a rewritten version of it nuanced with vibrant colors and sometimes fictional added details.  My creative process fluctuates between subconscious flow of images, dreamlike states and structured execution. There's a tango between what I let free to flow and what I consciously choose to represent and render. I approach the dynamic with an open state of mind that allows me to translate through art symbolic messages and visual allegories that capture the essence of evolutionary stages of civilization or collective and individual moods and contemporary trends. My intention is to let the observer  shape his/her own dialogue with the artwork and experience it with the highest degree of freedom. I want to offer an experience, an occasion to connect with one's inner world, to share through artistic expression what is hard to explain otherwise. In my works I want to honor and remind of the magic and the mystery that surrounds us and hides in plain sight in the most simple things. The characters and beings that populate some of my drawings and paintings stem from dreamlike states, I never fully know them but the more I paint them, the more familiar they become and the more meaningful becomes the message that they carry. Metaphorically, they represent an invitation to me and to all of the dear people who decide to connect with my art and to embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, to trust without need to over-analyze and explain.