Frenetic staccato strokes and vibrant colors characterize Elvira Fournier’s paintings. Bursts of light and energy flow from every point, displaying Fournier’s exuberant passion for her work. Thickly layered materials create the painterly effect of Fournier’s abstract expressionist pieces. Fournier likes to let her imagination run wild as it propels her across peaks, valleys, spirals and swarms of existential and spiritual philosophizing. The ‘Deep Jungle’ series baptizes the viewer in splashes, sputtering greens and blues. The Cathedral invites the viewer into another sort of spiritual encounter, throwing violent blues from a technicolor foreground.
With abstraction, Fournier notes that figures “become strange” forcing one to look differently at that which was once familiar. Fournier’s work does just that by filtering her everyday inspirations (her garden, her travels, her mountain town, and her dog) into deeply felt expression: swooping lines and cascading colors confront the eye in a wild flourish. In her work, Fournier asks the viewer to access memories of past lives carried by the soul in a cosmic transcendent journey, like in Soul Resurrection where we see swirling shapes in geometric pageantry flocking the otherworldly scene.
Fournier lives and works in León, where she is able to dedicate herself full-time to her arts practice.
ELVIRA FOURNIER ON
My works require careful observation, so that all the elements that make up a piece and the story they tell can be uncovered. The story, however, is not set, but rather deciphered based on each individual’s perception. I want people who look at the piece, make it their own, and see what each stroke, shape, and texture evokes in them.
My sources of inspiration are nature, spirituality, and theology. I channel my inner world as well as invisible and intangible energies, those that move the world and the universe.
With my work I hope to offer a source of knowledge, inspiration, and development for human minds. I wish to excite and captivate viewers by presenting a unique perspective. I see art as a tool for developing individual and collective consciousness, one that can help society connect with its purest essence.
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