Elyse Longair, originally from Lethbridge, AB, now resides and works out of Victoria, BC. A very close friend I am always interested in what artistic projects she is working on. Although she keeps quiet about her work, after some convincing she let me write a post about the piece she is currently showing. Between Atoms can be viewed in Odeon Alley in the Ministry of Casual Living Window, until Friday March 3rd.
Elyse works in different mediums and styles. These three are digital prints of her collages she has been working on of late. She has also worked in print making, as well as large canvas paintings. Her tumblr account: fauxfern.tumblr.com/ is a beautiful view into her inspiration and is like looking through a museum archive.
Instead of doing an interview for this post, Elyse would rather have me try to understand the work in the way I see it. When I look at this piece I see a little boy in the centre, peering out through a mail slot, however, he isn't looking out on to any normal street. Rather he looks out into three different realities, perhaps choosing what his life will be and where it will go.
Of course, this is just my viewing of the piece, and I am sure the artist probably had a very different idea when she collaged the piece. I hope that when you visit this piece in Odeon Alley and look at it, with all its reflections bouncing off the window, you see it for something else, whatever you please.