Elsa Tomkowiak 1981, France
Elsa Tomkowiak (1981, FR) has been in search of the most radical painting tools starting with her art studies at ENSA in Dijon. Reflecting her predilection for an open gesture and day-glow colors of personal gradient, her earliest color interventions were in the snow and on vinyl surfaces suspended above industrial waste. Wielding broom-like brushes, she adopted a method of applying layers of multicolored paint to translucent or solid bands of plastic sheeting or to massive spheres that can be positioned to redirect light and restructure the space. Transgressing the cannons of working with paint, Tomkowiak opens it up to the spirit of liberty and munificence. Among his last commissions and residences, there is a swimming pool (Mönchengladbach, D), an opera house (Nantes, F), an abbey (Angers, F), two bridges (Saint Gervais F, Quebec), the greenhouse of a spa (Pougues the waters F), a castle (Tournon-sur-Rhône F) as well as landscaping during major urban events (Offenbach am Main D, Varengeville-sur-mer, Verdun) , she also creates permanent works in an Hospital (Angers) and an hotel (Nantes). All the environments she invades are the support of a prolific pictorial work that raises the question of our relationship with reality.