Elena Wright was born in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. From her childhood she expressed herself through drawing, illustrating objects, landscapes and family members. Later, she became interested in painting and studied Fine Arts at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón.
The selection presented by Arte Original is made up of paintings on canvas, and in all of them we observe the human figure – almost exclusively women and girls – performing daily activities and inserted in natural spaces. The artist declares about her interest in childhood and children: “I love capturing (…) their naturalness and freshness. That naivety they convey in their looks and expressions. Sadness, joy, curiosity, surprise, but even more so what their interior reflects, not yet contaminated”. In her innovative pictorial proposal, the coherence between the visuality and the content, between the motifs and the values that the artist seems to highlight, stands out. This is how the work of Wright revolves around the genuine and authentic, it deals with naivety, innocence, everyday life, naturalness, charisma and charm.
The figures are contextualized in landscapes that are sometimes pictorially treated in a descriptive way and other times, they have a more imaginative and abstract treatment. The visual language of Wright resembles that of Neo-Impressionism in its technique, aesthetics, and subject matter. We distinguish that the forms are built from small juxtaposed brushstrokes of color. Wright has a bright and vibrant color palette, which creates the impression of colored lights. Her work explores visual effects from the study of light and the use of color, pursues the capture of moments, the evocation of sensations, and offers an expressive and subjective representation of nature. Wright confesses to being captivated by “those whimsical forms that plants take as they grow. The colors of the flowers, the different greens of the leaves, which help to create backgrounds with thousands of different shades. Sometimes they manage to create a special climate and other times only an impact of contrasting shapes and colors where the figure is inserted integrating itself as if it belonged to that world so full of color”.
Ana Beatriz García