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Esquives, 2003-2005
Elusions, 2003-2005

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Obione : series Esquives
Obione, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches. (FNAC collection)

October : series Esquives
October, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Stones : series Esquives
Stones, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches. (FNAC collection)

Smoke : series Esquives
Smoke, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

River: series Esquives
River, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Mountain : series Esquives
Mountain, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Lake : series Esquives
Lake, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Rock : series Esquives
Rock, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Cladonia : series Esquives
Cladonia, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Saline : series Esquives
Saline, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Cliff : series Esquives
Cliff, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Pond : series Esquives
Pond, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Grass-land : series Esquives
Grass-land, H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches.

Esquives, 2003-2005
Elusions, 2003-2005

Set of thirteen photographs

Sizes ans technics H 47 X L 47 inches and H 17 X L 17 inches, Color Lambda print, pasted with archival process on Dibon, frame wood and glass.

Restricted to 5 copies of each.

Elusionsproposes the mental world of a child, staging through "setting in landscapes." Indeed, the landscape, the major element of this work, has a symbolic predominance. It submits the fragile "figurine" in dangerous situations, abandoned in the unreal proportions of a salt marsh, eyes closed immersed in a lake color of blood, tight by the rocks, in the middle of the sea, trapped by the smoke of a burning rice field, or subtracted in fetal position, inside a water almost amniotic. The whole works as an ode to liberty and suggests a breakaway. The girl seems to liberate herself from the grip of the world by these mental constructions, and find again, in the space of this secret garden, an indestructible identity.

One might believe in the mental strength of this nymph, with a strange look, in the vast expanse of heather in bloom. Curiously, one might feel this child like invincible, by seeing her laughing in the middle of a field turned into a blaze.
The dramatic effect of each photograph is reinforced by its monumental size. The beauty and colors of landscapes allow us to see the purity and the magic of childhood, accentuated by the plasticity of the model: a nice little blond angel.

The ambiguity of photographic situations of Elusions evokes the world of Lewis Carroll by the mix between fantasy and reality, uneasiness and hope. Likewise, for the report of the body and landscape, because, as Alice who grows or narrows in Wonderland, the heroine of Elusions is not at the landscape scale. A child who grows too fast or fails to grow ? A child in any case who is out of step with reality.

Elusions is a photographic work related to a novel of the same title, that deals with victimology of Childhood, published by Editions Filigranes in 2006. Behind the innocence of childhood, Mireille Loup invites the viewer / reader to apprehend the terrors to which the child can be confronted, and for whom the only resource is the elusion.

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